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United Nations, Namibia, 29 January 2016.  The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for

Journalists is now accepting applications from professional journalists from

developing countries for its 2016 fellowship program. The application deadline

is March 18, 2016.

The fellowships are available to radio, television, print and web journalists, age 25 to 35, from developing countries who are interested in coming to New York to report on international affairs during the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly.  The fellowships will begin in early September and extend to late November and will include the cost of travel and accommodations in New York, as well as a per diem allowance. The fellowship program is open to journalists who are native to one of the developing countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America/the Caribbean and are currently working for media organizations. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in and commitment to international affairs and to conveying a better understanding of the United Nations to their readers and audiences.  They must also have approval from their media organizations to spend up to three months in New York to report from the United Nations.

On World Cancer Day 2016, UNAIDS calls for greater

integration of health services to save women’s lives

All year we’ll be highlighting the impact of UNDP’s 50 years of development GENEVA, 4 February 2016 —On World Cancer Day, UNAIDS calls for greater investment in the prevention and treatment of cervical cancer and underlines the additional benefits to be achieved for women and adolescent girls from a coordinated response to HIV and cervical cancer. Every year, more than 500 000 women develop cervical cancer, which is caused by the human papilloma-virus (HPV), and more than 250 000 women die of the disease, most of whom live in low- and middle-income countries. Yet cervical cancer is a preventable disease that can also be successfully treated if detected early. Furthermore, the relationship between HPV and HIV offers significant opportunities to reduce the impact of both viruses, since existing HIV programmes could play an important role in expanding cervical cancer prevention and treatment services. For example, every woman who tests positive for HIV should be offered cervical cancer screening and follow-up treatment if necessary; HIV testing should also be offered during cervical cancer screening. “Women are dying from cervical cancer unnecessarily,” said UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibé. “We must take advantage of the synergies that exist in responding to HIV and HPV to provide integrated and expanded quality prevention and treatment services and ensure that all women and adolescent girls have unrestricted access to quality health care, including to sexual and  reproductive health-care services.”

Seventy Years of the United Nations

By Boutros Boutros-Ghali

(An Article by the late former Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali,

published in the UN Chronicle special double issue in 2015 celebrating the 70th

anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations. It is one of the last

articles former Secretary-General Boutros-Ghali wrote. In it, he reflected upon

the future and what would make the Organization stronger and better able to

serve humanity. Ghali passed away 16 February 2016)

To highlight the achievements of the United Nations in the past 70 years would fill many volumes, and I’m afraid that writing about my wishes for the United Nations in the next seven decades would fill even more books. But perhaps two moments stand out in the proud history of our Organization: the first is the invention of peacekeeping that allowed the United Nations to truly foster world peace through a mechanism we take for granted today, but which is unique in the history of international relations.

UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural

Rights issues findings on Namibia, Canada and Kenya

GENEVA (8 March 2016) – The UN Committee on the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has published its findings on the countries it examined during its 22 February – 4 March session in Geneva:  Namibia, Canada and Kenya. The findings cover how the respective State is doing with regard to implementing the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, detailing positive developments, main areas of concern, and recommendations for action.  The findings, officially known as concluding observations, can be found here: ssionID=1012&Lang=en The Committee, which is composed of 18 international independent experts, will next meet from 6 to 4 June in Geneva to review Angola, Burkina Faso, France, Honduras, Sweden, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and the UK: ssionID=1059&Lang=en Our Rights, Our Freedoms, Always - #4Freedoms The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) are marking their 50th anniversary in 2016. The UN Human Rights Office is running a campaign, entitled “Our Rights, Our Freedoms, Always”,  throughout the year to promote and raise awareness of the two treaties. The campaign is focussing on the timeless themes of rights and freedoms, in particular freedom from fear, freedom of speech, freedom of worship and freedom from want, and the work that continues to secure and ensure them. Check the campaign website at ENDS For more information, please contact: Liz Throssell + 41 22 917 9466 / +41 79 752 Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Check which countries have ratified the two Covenants and the other main international human rights treaties: For your news websites and social media: Multimedia content & key messages relating to our news releases are available on UN Human Rights social media channels, listed below. Please tag us using the proper handles: Twitter: @UNHumanRights Facebook: unitednationshumanrights Instagram: unitednationshumanrights Google+: unitednationshumanrights Youtube: unohchr

INCB 2015 Availability Report

Launched on 3 February 2016

"Indispensable, adequately available and not unduly restricted" these are the words used in the international drug conventions to underline the importance of making controlled substances available for medical purposes. INCB is launching the Availability of Internationally Controlled Drugs report today in Vienna. The report is a supplement to the 2015 Annual Report of the INCB and was prepared to follow up on the implementation by Governments of the Board's recommendations contained in the 2010 Availability Report. The present report publishes the global data on consumption of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances under international control and compared them with impediments reported by 106 countries. Opioid analgesics are indispensable for the treatment of pain caused by cancer, HIV/AIDS, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, diabetes, childbirth, surgery, injuries and other conditions or situations. The data available indicate that 75% of the world population have limited or no access to proper pain relief treatment. Likewise, psychotropic substances are essential for the treatment of several mental health conditions including anxiety, insomnia, epilepsy and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). However, access to such treatment still remains insufficient, particularly in low and middle-income countries. The lack of availability of internationally controlled substances has been attributed to a series of impediments, such as lack of training and awareness among health professionals, fear of addiction, onerous regulations and others. In its report, the Board highlights several recommendations to ensure the availability of internationally controlled substances for medical and scientific purposes while preventing their abuse and illicit trafficking. These recommendations include the review of laws and regulations to improve access to internationally controlled substances, the improvement in the training and awareness of health professionals. Available on this web page under tab “publications” or downloadable -AR15_availability_English.pdf 

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UN Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination to

review Namibia

GENEVA (29 April 2016) – Namibia’s record on tackling racial discrimination will face scrutiny by the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) on 4 and 6 May in meetings that will be webcast live. Namibia is one of the 177 States that have ratified the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and so is reviewed regularly by the Committee of 18 international independent experts.   Among the possible issues for discussion between CERD members and a delegation from the Namibian Government are Measures to eliminate discrimination against women and girls from certain ethnic groups regarding inheritance and marriage; Impact of land reform policies on vulnerable groups; Assessment of Affirmative Action (Employment) Act and measures taken to ensure black people’s access to managerial and supervisory posts; Participation and consultation of indigenous communities, in particular the San, in policy-making process of issues affecting them; Situation of indigenous people, including their access to education, employment and health care; Rape of San women – investigation of cases, sentences pronounced, compensation granted and measures taken to address the root causes. The review will take place on 4 May from 15:00 – 18:00 (14:00 – 17:00 in Windhoek) and on 6 May from 10:00 – 13:00 (09:00 – 12:00) at Palais Wilson in Geneva and will be webcast at The Committee will also hear from other UN entities and NGOs. More information here: 072&Lang=en  The Committee will publish its findings on Namibia and the other countries being reviewed – Spain, Oman, Rwanda, Georgia and Azerbaijan - on 13 May here: 072&Lang=en  ENDS For more information and media requests, please contact Liz Throssell - +41 22 917 9466 /  Background Members of CERD are independent human rights experts drawn from around the world, who serve in their personal capacity and not as representatives of States parties. The Committee’s concluding observations are an independent assessment of States’ compliance with their human rights obligations under the treaty. More information on the Committee:  The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 21 December 1965. More information on the Convention’s 50th anniversary here: For your news websites and social media: Multimedia content & key messages relating to our news releases are available on UN Human Rights social media channels, listed below. Please tag us using the proper handles:Twitter: @UNHumanRights Facebook: unitednationshumanrights Instagram: unitednationshumanrights  Google+: unitednationshumanrights Youtube: unohchr 

Namibia designs strategies for keeping children in school

Windhoek, 23 June 2016 - The Government of Namibia, together with the United Nations and other stakeholders, have agreed that the information from the School Drop-out and Out-of- School Children Study is important for designing of strategies to keep all children in school. This was said during a national conference to launch the School Drop-Out and Out-of-School Children report and to deliberate on the appropriate response. The School Drop-Out and Out-of-School Children report, which was completed in 2015 by the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture (MoEAC), with the support of UNICEF and UNESCO Institute for Statistics, encourages collective means to remove the social, cultural, economic and geographic barriers which deny thousands of children the basic human right to education. “The information which we now have in our hands can be used as a platform for action to ensure that all children go back to school and that their needs are catered for. Let us make it our priority to address the issue of school dropout and ensuring that all Namibian children including those in marginalised settings, are motivated to pursue their dreams for a better future.” said Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, who was represented by Hon. Peya Mushelenga the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation. Read Full Press Release

Visit of UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Ms. Yvonne Chaka

Chaka to Namibia during the commemorations of the Day of

the African Child in Namibia.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016 – Friday, 17 June 2016

Tuesday, 14 June @ 11:00hr, Press Briefing at Walvis Bay Airport upon arrival in Erongo Tuesday, 14 June @ 18:30hr, Private Sector Partnership Dinner at Strand Hotel in Swakopmund Wednesday, 15 June @ 11:00hr, visit at Sun Shine Project to interact with children living with disabilities in Walvisbay Wednesday, 15 June @ 12:00hr, visit to the Walvis Bay Kids Haven Thursday, 16 June @ 09:00hr, Official National commemoration of the Day of the African Child at Tamariskia Community Hall, Swakopmund Friday, 17 June @ 10:00hr, Press Briefing at Strand Hotel on the outcomes of the visit by the Hon Minister, UNICEF Representative & UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador The continental focus of the Day of the African Child for 2016 will be on ―Conflict and Crisis in Africa: Protecting all children‘s rights. The Day of the African Child will be celebrated at a time when Namibia is striving to reinforce actions and persuade political commitment to accelerate the implementation of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the child (ACRWC), the UN Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), the National Agenda for Children including the recent Harambee plan, and the Sustainable Development Goals focusing on Children. Read Full Press Release  

For International Albinism Awareness Day – Monday 13 June

“Light in darkness for persons with albinism” – UN experts hail progress

despite dire obstacles

GENEVA (10 June 2016) – Speaking ahead of International Albinism Awareness Day on Monday 13 June, a group of seven United Nations human rights experts* hails the fast- growing movement to defend the human rights of persons with albinism, and their increased engagement to fight for their rights. However, they warn that the way ahead is still long and fraught with hurdles. Read Full Press Release

5th annual Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) 2016

Conference awards best students

Windhoek, 10 June 2016: Following two days of fruitful discussions at the 5th Annual Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) High School Conference, the student delegates representing UN member states successfully passed two resolutions for the topics, “Women’s Empowerment & the link to Sustainable Development” and “Ensuring Universal access to water.” The MUNNAM prize giving ceremony was held on 9 June 2016, 16h30, at the Safari Court Conference Centre to recognize the “cream of the crop” at this year’s prestigious Model UN conference. The judging panel, who for the past two days meticulously  scored delegates on various indicators including content, delivery, participation, use of the rules and diplomacy,  summarized their scores, and revealed how close the scoring was. Read Full Press Release




A new hip-hop music video, entitled “Sustainable Development Goals: Improve Life All Around The Globe", was launched by the United Nations on 13 June 2016 to mark the 100 day countdown to the International Day of Peace. The video was produced by Flocabulary in partnership with the Education Outreach Section of the Outreach Division of the United Nations Department of Public Information.  The video aims to teach young people throughout the world about the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals and how they can help build peace. It is available in all six United Nations official languages. Read Full Press Release

Namibian learners simulate diplomats

At 5th annual Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) 2016


Windhoek, 08 June 2016: Today, United Nations Information Centre Windhoek (UNIC) in partnership with MTN Business Namibia will host its annual Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) High School Conference. Read Full Press Release

Channel 7’s Mouton to participate in RAF Memorial

Journalists Fellowship Programme

Marlise Mouton will attend the 2016 RAF Memorial Journalists Fellowship Programme this September, a prestigious programme that provides broadcasters and journalists the opportunity to learn about the United Nations at the UN Headquarters in New York City. Windhoek, 2 June 2016: Marlise Mouton, who will be attending the 2016 Reham Al-Farra (RAF) Memorial Journalists Fellowship Programme this September, is the first person  from the Land of the Brave to attend the Programme in 18 years. Read Full Press Release



AT NEW YORK HEADQUARTERS, 19 MAY -- Fallen peacekeeper from Namibia to be honoured at ceremony at UN Headquarters – The United Nation Headquarters will observe the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers on Thursday, 19 May 2016.  It will mark the eighth successive year in which the Organization will honour more than 100 “blue helmets” who lost their lives the previous year while serving the cause of peace. Read Full Press Release

Partners in Namibia join forces to protect children from

online sexual exploitation and abuse

18 May 2016, Windhoek - The Government of the Republic of Namibia in collaboration with UNICEF and partners in the information and communication technologies (ICT) industry and civil society are meeting in Windhoek for a two day national conference on Child Online Protection; Addressing and Tackling Exploitation and Abuse of Children. Read Full Press Release

Poverty, illiteracy and early deaths await world’s most

Disadvantaged children: UNICEF

Making the right choices now can, and will, reverse this fate, new report says

WINDHOEK, 28 June 2016 – Based on current trends, 69 million children under five will die from mostly preventable causes, 167 million children will live in poverty, and 750 million women will have been married as children by 2030, the target date for the Sustainable Development Goals – unless the world focuses more on the plight of its most disadvantaged children, according to a UNICEF report released today.    The State of the World’s Children, UNICEF’s annual flagship report, paints a stark picture of what is in store for the world’s poorest children if governments, donors, businesses and international organizations do not accelerate efforts to address their needs.    “Denying hundreds of millions of children a fair chance in life does more than threaten their futures – by fueling intergenerational cycles of disadvantage, it imperils the future of their societies,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “We have a choice: Invest in these children now or allow our world to become still more unequal and divided.”   The report notes that significant progress has been made in saving children’s lives, getting children into school and lifting people out of poverty. Global under-five mortality rates have been more than halved since 1990, boys and girls attend primary school in equal numbers in 129 countries, and the number of people living in extreme poverty worldwide is almost half what it was in the 1990s
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IOM, Namibia Launch Country’s Migration Profile

Windhoek, 27 June 2016

The Government of the Republic of Namibia and IOM officially launched the country’s Migration Profile recently (17 June), in Windhoek, Namibia. The Migration Profile, funded by the IOM Development Fund, is a country-owned tool that was prepared in consultation with government and non-government stakeholders. The Migration Profile was jointly launched by the Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration, Pendukeni Ivula Ithana and the IOM Regional Director for Southern Africa, Josiah Ogina at a high level event, attended by several government ministers, members of parliament, representatives from various ministries and of the Migration Technical Working Group, Embassies, UN Head of Agencies and Civil Society Organisations. The event reflected 18 months’ work put in by many stakeholders in Namibia to develop the Migration Profile and provide evidence for policy-making. “The link between migration and development nowadays cannot be disputed as done in yesteryears. Policies on migration therefore should be reflective of this fact and migration issues need to be mainstreamed in overall development policy. The approach taken in developing the Namibian Migration Profile took this into account to ensure that it deals with contemporary issues,” said Minister Ithana in her keynotes address. The launch of the Migration Profile demonstrated the commitment and leadership taken by the Namibian Government to use the Migration Profile for policy-development purposes and address the fifteen findings and recommendations, validated in December 2015.
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UNFPA explores cooperation with MTC

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) resident representative Dennia Gayle, accompanied by specialists from the agency, recently paid a courtesy call on MTC with the sole aim of introducing the business of UNFPA to MTC and to further explore possible areas of collaboration, especially around the area of youth and community development. Gayle stressed that the UNFPA role is to improve quality of life and reduce inequalities for the achievement of universal access especially in the areas of sexual and reproductive health so as to see a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential fulfilled.
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UN System in Namibia launches “Prosperous Paths” outreach

programme to empower & inspire 5000 girls

Wednesday, 29 July, 2016

Today, the United Nations (UN) System in Namibia launched “Prosperous Paths,” a unique educational outreach programme targeting young girls in Namibia. The objective of the programme is to reach out to young girls at secondary school level and educate them on gender equality, women’s empowerment as well as offer mentoring opportunities to enhance the status of the girl child in Namibia. The launch of the programme took place at Jacob Marengo Tutorial College in Windhoek, where 600 young girls were addressed by the UN Resident Coordinator in Namibia, Kiki Gbeho. She encouraged the young girls to “take space, be prepared and dare to be different.”  She called upon young girls to take their seat at the table, “now is the time to step it up!” The UNRC shared her personal journey as a women and called upon Namibian women to make their voices heard.
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