Vision  To be the leading partner in Namibia’s pursuit of its national development vision and goals consistent with internationally agreed standards and norms.

Message from the Resident


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  

Media Updates

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Upcoming Events:

4 February - World Cancer Day 6 February - International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation 11 February - International Day of Women and Girls in Science (A/RES/70/212) 13 February - World Radio Day 20 February - World Day of Social Justice  21 February - International Mother Language Day

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Namibia uses its expertise to

champion and support

interventions aimed at addressing

economic and social inequalities

thus contributing to prosperity,

dignity, peace and full realization

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Sustainable Development Goals

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#WorldChildrensDay - #KidsTakeOver

On 20 November UNICEF Namibia joined in the global World Children’s Day commemoration, under the theme “#KidsTakeOver”. The day aimed to empower and give children the chance to speak directly to adults and raise their voices in solidarity with the worlds most disadvantaged and hardest to reach children.
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UN Namibia staff orange the UN house and pledge to


By: UNIC Windhoek

Bold, bright orange tones were the order of the day on Friday, 24 November when UN staff helped #OrangetheWorld and took personal action towards building a non-violent society. Ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the UN Namibia family dressed in different hues of orange to mark the day and draw attention to the need to end violence across the globe.
Cinema and Migration is a magical bond that began over a century ago when filmmakers, many of whom were immigrants themselves, began making movies about a world on the move. Their films brought the dramatic, poignant and comic stories of migrants to diverse audiences, through a language of images and emotions that were meaningful to every culture. The Global Migration Film Festival was launched by the UN Migration Agency (IOM) in this spirit. The festival features new films that capture the promise and challenges of migration for those who leave their homes in search of a better life including the unique contributions migrants make to their new communities and their home countries.

Film festival raises awareness of migration issues

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Windhoek – Together with the world, Namibia commemorated World AIDS Day 2017 on December 1, 2017. This year’s main event took place in Katima Mulilo, with the theme “Right to Health” focusing on strengthening cross border collaboration with its neighbouring countries Angola, Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Namibia commemorates World AIDS Day

throughout the country

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) partnered with the National Planning Commission (NPC) to co-facilitate the National Human Development Report (NHDR) Workshop. The workshop took place between 27-28 November 2017 and was led by UNDP Senior Economist Alka Bhatia and New York based Human Development Report Officer Jon Hall.

UNDP hosts National Human Development Report


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The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Namibia a technical partner to the Ministry of Education Arts, and Culture (MoEAC) held a National Stakeholders Workshop on Public-Private Partnership (PPP) for the Namibia School Feeding Programme (NSFP). The aim of the workshop was to review and validate the draft PPP strategy for school feeding as well as to discuss and gain consensus on the different roles the private and public sectors can play to foster a stronger partnership on school feeding.

Stakeholders join forces to eliminate hunger in


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Unsustainable fishing, pollution, climate change and other human activities continue to exert enormous negative pressure on the world’s oceans. These actions have led to pollution of water bodies, depletion of fish stocks, alteration of ecosystem structures and the overall, reduction of the ability of ecosystems to adapt to climate variability and change.

Namibia solidifies commitment to sustainable

fisheries development

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UN Vision 2030 & Strategic Prioritization Retreat

The current partnership framework between the United Nations (UN) and the Government of the Republic of Namibia (GRN), UNPAF 2014-2018, ends next year. To understand Namibia’s development context and to develop strategic priorities for the next framework, UN Namibia hosted the Vision 2030 and Strategic Prioritization Retreat from 13-15 November.
Windhoek Namibia – 13 December 2017 IOM and Namibia’s Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) held a National Dialogue on the findings of the Country Assessment on Migration, Environment and Climate Change and developed a blueprint document that identifies Namibia’s  priorities in terms of Migration, Environment and Climate Change.

IOM Namibia facilitates National Dialogue on Migration,

Environment and Climate Change

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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Bience Gawanas of Namibia as Special Adviser on Africa. She will succeed Maged Abdelaziz of Egypt, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his commitment and dedicated service to the Organization. The Secretary-General also wishes to extend his appreciation to David Mehdi Hamam, who served as Acting Special Adviser since Mr. Abdelaziz’s departure.

Secretary-General Appoints Bience Gawanas of Namibia

Special Adviser on Africa

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Staff members from agencies, funds and programmes comprising the United Nations System in Namibia (UN Namibia) were called together for the first town hall meeting of 2018, held under the theme: “Together we can bring about change in 2018”.

Staff Town Hall sets the tone for the New Year

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By Robert Glasser* Do you want to make your city the most livable place in the world, or as good as? It can be done but it requires hard work and an understanding of how to prevent disasters and avoid planning mistakes which will only bring misery in the future.

Five things to make your city livable

On Thursday, 8 February, the UN Country Team (UNCT) congratulated Namibia's Bience Gawanas on her recent appointment by UN Secretary-General António Guterres as Special Adviser on Africa. Gawanas and the UNCT also discussed development priorities in Namibia and Africa.

UNCT congratulates Special Adviser Bience Gawanas

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Media briefing Note on the launching of the "Kazetjindire

Angelika Muharukua" Maternity Waiting Home in Opuwo,

Kunene Region on 20 February 2018

The Maternity Waiting Home (MWH) will be jointly launched by the Hon Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Bernard Haufiku and the Governor of the Kunene Region, Hon. Marius Sikunawa Tuyoleni Sheya. The Ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union to Namibia, H.E. Jana Hybaskova and the WHO Representative, Dr. Charles Sagoe-Moses will also form part of the launching event that will take place on 20 February 2018, at the MWH premises in Opuwo.
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Middle-Income Countries (MICs) Experience Sharing Forum

Southern African governments and UN entities to come together to discuss development of middle-income countries (MICs) in the African context

Swakopmund, 19 February 2018:

Recognizing that many middle-income countries (MICs) face significant challenges, including in their efforts to achieve internationally agreed development goals, the General Assembly, through various resolutions has called upon the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) to provide appropriate support for MICs and to address the diverse development needs of MICs in a coordinated manner, informed by accurate assessment of national priorities using measures that go beyond per capita income.
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