UN Namibia staff members participated in UN Care’s “UN for All: Dignity and Inclusion in our Workplace” training throughout the past week.The training, consisting of two modules, aims to make the United Nations a fully inclusive workplace, which is respectful of all kinds of diversity. The training is held for UN personnel across the globe.The first module addresses human rights, specifically outlining the basic human rights principles, explaining unconscious bias, introducing basic concepts on diversity and inclusion, and emphasizing the power of language in the creation of an inclusive work environment.The second module addresses sexual orientation and gender identity, specifically explaining the basics of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and how to include LGBTI personnel in the United Nations.The training helped UN Namibia personnel to understand how to be more inclusive of all colleagues, and ultimately, how to interact with all the UN’s working partners and stakeholders.
Who we are
UN Cares is a worldwide work place programme for UN staff members designed to reduce the impact of HIV in the workplace by supporting “universal access” to a comprehensive range of benefits for all UN personnel and their families. These benefits – known as the UN Cares 10 Minimum Standards – include information and education, voluntary counseling and testing, access to male and female condoms, and emergency prevention measures in case of accidental exposure. The Standards also call for increased measures to stop stigma and discrimination.Namibia UN Cares promotes improved health and psychosocial wellbeing through workplace initiatives. Although the focus is on HIV prevention, treatment, care and support programmes, issues regarding prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are also encompassed.
What we do
We provide information to staff members on HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. We also ensure provision of information regarding service providers in the region.
Why UN Cares Matters
Although Namibia has made significant strides in reducing new HIV infections, HIV continues to pose negative impacts on human capital through reduced productivity as a result of ongoing morbidity and mortality. Even in countries where HIV is less visible, the UN has an obligation to act and provide staff with alternative mechanisms to enhance their wellbeing. Former Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, has made UN Cares a priority through the development and promotion of the HIV workplace policy for UN staff members and
their families, stating his determination, “to make the UN a model of how the workplace should respond to HIV.”
UN Cares 10 Minimum Standards
We implement the programmes according the UN Cares 10 Minimum Standards. These are:1. Information about UN policies and benefits related to HIV.2. Information about preventing transmission of HIV and accessing services.3. Learning and training activities on stigma and discrimination.5. Voluntary counseling and testing.6. Insurance covering HIV-related expenses.7. Confidential handling of personal information.8. First aid using universal precautions.9. Rapid access to PEP starter kits.10. Managerial commitment.
These benefits of UN Cares:
•The programme helps save lives, improve staff well-being, reduce stigma and discrimination, and sustain the UN’s capacity to do its core functions.• It establishes a common implementation framework to implement the UN Personnel Policy on HIV/AIDS.• It serves as a model for UN reform process of, “Delivering as One” by ensuring a workplace programme that builds on existing mandates of various UN agencies, while eliminating duplication of effort.Finally, the Financial Impact Study of HIV and AIDS on the UN workplace, commissioned by the UN, demonstrates that reaching 80% of UN personnel with the package of UN Cares information and services could save the United Nations US$57 million over the next six years as compared to a do-nothing scenario.