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interventions aimed at addressing

economic and social inequalities

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Sustainable Development Goals

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Feeding dreams, one meal at a time

In the southern region of Namibia, the school feeding programme is helping vulnerable children to achieve their dreams, one meal at a time. Mariental: Nine year-old Frankilda Mwanbu dreams of saving lives when she grows up and hopes to become a doctor. “I want to study hard and become a doctor because by treating people I can make them happy,” says Frankilda from a town called Mariental in the Hardap Region, the southern part of Namibia. Frankilda lives in the informal settlement of Oshiwanapenduka with her parents and two siblings. Her mother is a small-scale trader and her father is a shop assistant at ShopRite, a local grocery store.
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Health services supported through energy solutions

UNDP’s Solar for Health initiative globally supports governments to increase access to quality health services through installing solar energy photo-voltaic systems (PV), ensuring constant and cost-effective access to electricity, and mitigating the impact of climate change and advancing multiple Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In Namibia, UNDP is currently working on a pilot Solar 4 Health project funded by the Global Fund and UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) to introduce sustainable energy solutions in current health programs. In addition to two mobile, solar-powered TB diagnosis clinics leased for the conduction of the National TB Prevalence Survey, 5 TB/HIV clinics across Namibia will also be equipped with solar power.
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UN Namibia brings home 8 UN Games medals

The UN Namibia team presented eight medals won at the 10th Annual UN Games, held in Lesotho from 1-3 September 2017, to the United Nations Resident Coordinator to Namibia (UNRC) Kiki Gbeho on 8 September 2017. Consisting of thirty-two staff members from UN Agencies in Namibia, the UN Namibia team competed against UN staff members from eight different African countries in running events, netball, volleyball, football, tennis and an egg race.
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Read Namibia and UN Namibia encourage children to read

The United Nations System in Namibia (UN Namibia) handed over books to children and reiterated the importance of literacy at Read Namibia’s UN Plaza Readathon on 16 September 2017.
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Joint Message by UNESCO, ILO, UNICEF, UNDP and

Education International on 5-10-17, World Teachers’ Day

Teachers are a critical foundation of every society’s long-term strength -- providing children, young people and adults with the knowledge and skills they need to fulfill their potential. But around the world, far too many teachers don’t have the freedom and support they need to do their vitally important jobs. That is why the theme of this year’s World Teachers’ Day –“Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers” – reaffirms the value of empowered teachers and recognizes the challenges many encounter in their professional lives across the globe.
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Stakeholders brainstorm on accelerating implementation of

HIV prevention in Namibia

Stakeholders met on 21 September 2017 to discuss the HIV combination prevention roadmap for Namibia and disseminate the draft National HIV Strategic Framework (NSF) for 2017-2022. The NSF, once approved, will serve as the strategic guidance for scaling up HIV services in order to achieve the Fast Track targets set out in the 2016 Political Declaration.
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UNDP engages Erongo private sector on SDGs

Stakeholders met on 21 September 2017 to discuss the HIV combination prevention roadmap for Namibia and disseminate the draft National HIV Strategic Framework (NSF) for 2017-2022. The NSF, once approved, will serve as the strategic guidance for scaling up HIV services in order to achieve the Fast Track targets set out in the 2016 Political Declaration.
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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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Training for the supervision of undergraduate research

projects

The University of Namibia (UNAM), under the Faculty of Education with the support of UNESCO Namibia organized a two-day workshop, 11-12 September 2017, for 50 UNAM lecturers in the Department of Early Childhood and Lower Primary Education from the different UNAM Campuses across the country. The aim of the workshop was to build capacity of supervisors, when supervising undergraduate research projects through the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs). The main facilitator of the training was Prof. Z. Desai, former Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. Prof. Desai has vast experience in supervising research projects and he was supported by lecturers from UNAM as well as the Education Faculty Dean at UNAM during the training sessions.
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Diplomatic PA’s trained in communication and journalism

UNESCO Windhoek Office in collaboration with the Diplomatic Personal Assistants (PAs) Group held a journalism and communication workshop at the United Nations (UN) on Saturday, 16 September 2017. The aim was to increase knowledge and build capacities in the area of communication and journalism by sharing local, national and international experiences and expertise, while also strengthening networks.
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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%.