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Kiki Gbeho, UN Resident Coordinator

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the United Nations (UN) System in Namibia website. These are exciting yet challenging times at the United Nations and I hope our portal creates an opportunity for our valued visitors around the world to learn more about UN operations, strategies, services, sustainability initiatives, and values. This website is part of the United Nation Country Team (UNCT) in Namibia’s commitment to transparency and open communications with all our stakeholders as well as to the wider public interested in our work  

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Upcoming Events:

2 November- International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists 5 November- World Tsunami Awareness Day 6 November- International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict 10 November- World Science Day for Peace and Development 14 November- World Diabetes Day 16 November- International Day for Tolerance  

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interventions aimed at addressing

economic and social inequalities

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Sustainable Development Goals

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UNAIDS encourages journalists to champion HIV prevention

As part of the 5th Africa Digitalisation Conference and the 26th Annual General Conference, which took place from 25-29 September 2017, UNAIDS raised awareness among student journalists of the media’s role in ending HIV/AIDS transmission by 2030, in line with national development agendas and the global Fast Track targets. Specifically, the media is crucial in sharing health and HIV/AIDS prevention messages to a large audience through mass communication channels, including broadcast, print and social media.
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Learners encouraged to follow their #ProsperousPaths

Okahandja, 24 September: The UN System in Namibia (UN Namibia) discussed issues of the girl-child and gender inequality with over 200 learners at Okahandja Secondary School through the Prosperous Paths: Empowering the Namibian Girl-Child programme.
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Climate change is a threat to rich and poor alike

Op-ed by Achim Steiner, Patricia Espinosa and Robert Glasser

From Miami and Puerto Rico to Barbuda and Havana, the devastation of this year’s hurricane season across Latin America and the Caribbean serves as a reminder that the impacts of climate change know no borders. In recent weeks, Category 5 hurricanes have brought normal life to a standstill for millions in the Caribbean and on the American mainland. Harvey, Irma and Maria have been particularly damaging. The 3.4 million inhabitants of Puerto Rico have been scrambling for basic necessities including food and water, the island of Barbuda has been rendered uninhabitable, and dozens of people are missing or dead on the UNESCO world heritage island of Dominica.
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UNAIDS and UNFPA launch road map to stop new HIV

infections

Global HIV Prevention Coalition holds first meeting in Geneva, Switzerland,

to find ways to strengthen and sustain political commitment for HIV

prevention

GENEVA, 10 October 2017—As part of global efforts to end AIDS as a public health threat, UNAIDS, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and partners have launched a new road map to reduce new HIV infections. The HIV prevention 2020 road map was launched at the first meeting of the Global HIV Prevention Coalition. The coalition is chaired by the Executive Directors of UNAIDS and UNFPA and brings together United Nations Member States, civil society, international organizations and other partners as part of efforts to reduce new HIV infections by 75% by 2020. Despite progress in reducing AIDS-related deaths, which have fallen by nearly 50% since the peak of the epidemic, declines in new HIV infections among adults are lagging. While new HIV infections among children have fallen by 47% since 2010, new HIV infections among adults have declined by only 11%.
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Ahead of international launch in 2018, Namibia hosts final

regional preparatory meeting for justice system anti-

corruption initiative

In line with the Global Sustainable Development Goal 16 - to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions – UNODC continues to focus on increasing access and accountability within the justice system to address the global targets of Goal 16. As a result, the final regional preparatory meeting for the Global Judicial Integrity Network (GJIN) was held in Namibia from 16-17 October. Chief Justices and senior judges from 17 countries discussed the world’s first-ever global platform dedicated exclusively to upholding judicial integrity and preventing corruption within the justice system, to be launched in April 2018.
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UN Day 2017: Youth encouraged to champion sustainable

development

Windhoek, 24 October 2017 – In celebration of the 72nd anniversary of the United Nations (UN), the UN System in Namibia (UN Namibia) hosted an exhibition for learners aimed at encouraging the youth to use their voices to bring about positive change in line with national, regional and international development agendas. The exhibition, held under the theme, “United with UN Namibia for sustainable development” took place on 24 October 2017 at the UN House in Klein Windhoek. Kicking off the exhibition, the UN Resident Coordinator to Namibia, Kiki Gbeho said that partnerships, not only with development partners, stakeholders and academia, but also with the youth, are crucial to eradicate poverty, save the planet and ensure prosperity for all.
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Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) welcome visitors to

UN Namibia house

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are central to the work of the United Nations (UN). In Namibia, the SDGs are weaved into the country’s current national development plan, NDP5, demonstrating the national government’s unwavering commitment to work towards the greatest development agenda of our time. At a historic UN summit on 25 September 25 2015, world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, consisting of a set of goals that aim to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. These goals are a call to action for all countries to promote prosperity while also protecting the planet and resources.
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Strengthening the media abilities to effectively communicate

on food security and nutrition

Journalists demonstrated their commitment towards supporting zero hunger in Namibia. The World Food Programme (WFP) in Namibia in collaboration with the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) organised a two-day training workshop on Food Security and Nutrition for the media, which was held on 26 -27 October 2017 at the United Nations House in Klein Windhoek, Windhoek Namibia. The objectives of the workshop were to improve awareness and knowledge on Food Security and Nutrition in Namibia and strengthen the abilities of media personnel to meaningfully communicate Food Security and Nutrition issues to the public. The media plays a vital role in creating awareness and influencing policy within the country and their role goes beyond conventional reporting to being partners who take a lead in communicating information that promotes inclusive agricultural productivity growth, better nutritional outcomes and strengthened livelihood resilience.
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UN Namibia commemorates World Food Day 2017

The UN System in Namibia, under the leadership of WFP, FAO and IOM, in conjunction with the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) commemorated the World Food Day under the theme “Change the future of migration, invest in food security and rural development” on the 19 October 2017 in Stampriet, Hardap Region.

UNESCO prepares for Africa Code Week

The company SAP (a German multinational software corporation) and the Cape Town Science Centre in partnership with UNESCO conducted a Train–The–Trainer workshop in computer coding for up to 200 school teachers in Namibia in preparation for Africa Code Week 2017 which ran from 18 to 25 October 2017.
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WFP and Woolworths Namibia shared a meal with learners

of Otjomuise Primary School

Over the past 72 years, October 16 has been known across the globe as the World Food Day. This year Woolworths Namibia and the World Food Programme (WFP) took this day as an opportunity to prepare and share a meal with learners of Otjomuise Primary School.
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WHO applauds MoHSS and partners for the Namibia 2014-

2015 Health Account Report

The World Health Organization (WHO) Namibia congratulated the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) and other partners involved in the Namibia 2014-2015 Health Account Report at the report’s launch on 5 October 2017.
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