Vision To be the leading partner in Namibia’s pursuit of its national development vision and goals consistent with internationally agreed standards and norms.
Resident Coordinator ad interim (a.i.)
Rachel Odede, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative to Namibia, is currently serving as the Resident Coordinator (RC) to Namibia ad interim (a.i.), following the former RC Kiki Gbeho’s appointment to serve as the Deputy Joint Special Representative for the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation (UNAMID) in Darfur.
Windhoek, 25 May: UN Namibia, led by the UN Country Team, joined the Government of the Republic of Namibia (GRN), the City of Windhoek (CoW), development partners, the private sector and the public for the first National Clean-up. This campaign is aimed at keeping Namibia healthy and clean and was launched on 25 May 2018 in Windhoek’s Goreangab informal settlement.
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Human Rights approach needed
to mainstream disability in
Windhoek, 31 May 2018: Disability continues to be addressed with a charity approach rather than a Human Rights approach in Namibia, stakeholders concluded following the National Workshop on Disability which took place in Windhoek from 29-31 May.
In-house Women’s Leadership Series empowers UN staff
Windhoek, 29 June: UN Namibia’s Women’s Leadership Series (WLS), which aims to empower women leaders and foster greater gender responsiveness in the workplace, kicked off on 29 June 2018. Staff members had the chance to engage with UN Resident Coordinator a.i. Rachel Odede and Managing Director of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) Namibia, Nangula Uaandja.
New ILO report identifies challenges and areas of growth
for Namibian enterprises
Windhoek, 28 June: An absent entrepreneurial culture as well as burdensome regulations to start and formalise businesses are challenges faced by enterprises in Namibia, a new International Labour Organisation (ILO) assessment report on Enabling Environment for Sustainable Enterprises (EESE) in Namibia has found.
Sustainable Land Management curbs desertification
Rehoboth, 27 June: The Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) co-hosted the commemoration of the World Day to Combat Desertification in Rehoboth on 27 June.
“Super dads” meet to commemorate Father’s Day in Namibia
Windhoek, 18 June: To mark the commemoration of Father’s Day, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), together with partners from Government, the European Union and City of Windhoek, met for a community dialogue session with 30 fathers from the Katutura community. The dialogue session was an opportunity to equip fathers with information on the role of father’s in the physical and mental development of children.
Namibia commemorates Day of the African Child
Stampriet, 16 June: Namibia joined the rest of the African continent in celebrating the Day of the African Child, commemorated annually on 16 June across Africa since 1991. The National commemoration for Namibia was held in Stampriet in Hardap region, under the theme, “Leave No Child Behind for Africa’s Development”. This theme is in line with the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development principle ‘leave no one behind’, which tackles inequality in the development process.
Refugee resettlement update
Between 11 and 14 June 2018, 36 Namibian refugees went through a series of medical check-ups as procedure before resettlement to the United States of America (USA) later in the year as part of the UN Migration Agency’s Refugee Resettlement and Migrants’ Assistance Project. A similar medical mission took place in March 2018, where 115 refugees underwent medical check-ups for resettlement to the USA and Canada.
UNESCO facilities development of Teacher Demand and
The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture (MoEAC) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) China-Funds-In-Trust (CFIT) project in Namibia, with support from the UNESCO International Institute for Education Planning (IIEP Pôle de Dakar) and the UNESCO Windhoek Office, organised a week-long Training on Demand and Supply Model in Windhoek from 11- 15 June 2018.
World Environment Day calls for public to
Windhoek, 5 June: The Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) in partnership with the United Nations Namibia (UN Namibia), and the Environmental Investment Fund (EIF) observed the World En-vironment Day (WED) on 5 June 2018 in Windhoek.
National strategy to be developed to combat Illegal,
Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing
Swakopmund, 1 June: National institutions and the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) jointly reviewed the country’s implementation of the Agreement on Port State Measures (PSMA) and complementary instruments to combat Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing. The review happened at a workshop in the coastal town of Swakopmund, Namibia from 28 May - 1 June 2018.
WFP supports school feeding becoming home-grown
Namibia: The World Food Programme (WFP) in Namibia strives to ensure that food securityand nutrition is a priority. By providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Education, Artand Culture (MoEAC) on the Namibian School Feeding Programme – over 360,000 learnershave access to at least one nutritious meal at school during each school day. This meal, thatcomprises of a nutritious fortified maize blend meal, is the driving force that ensures learnershave enough energy to make it through the day and ensures improved concentrationamongst learners.
Addressing bush encroachment through Inclusive and
Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID)
United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) in partnership with the Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development (MITSMED), with the financial support from the Government of Finland, conducted a validation workshop last year to launch the inception phase of a project that “promotes sustainable bush-processing value chains in Namibia”. The project is in line with Namibia’s Fifth National Development Plan (NDP 5), and through Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID) contributes directly to SDG 9 ‘Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure’.
First Lady takes #BeFree Movement to Ohangwena and
Omusati/Ohangwena, June: The First Lady of the Republic of Namibia (FLON), Madam Monica Geingos on 1 and 3 June 2018 launched the #BeFree Movement in Omusati and Ohangwena Regions respectively. The events included panel discussions with young people on the challenges they face. The discussions aimed to empower them with information to be the masters of their destiny.