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Kiki Gbeho, UN Resident Coordinator

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Upcoming Events:

17 May - World Telecommunication and Information Society Day  21 May - World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development  22 May - Int’l Day for Biological Diversity  23 May - Int’l Day to End Obstetric Fistula  29 May - Int’l Day of UN Peacekeepers 31 May - World No-Tobacco Day


The Ministry of Health and Social Services (in March) declared a malaria outbreak in northern Namibia after reporting a total of more than 6000 cases of malaria since the beginning of this year, with the Kavango and Zambezi regions having recorded the most. The other affected regions include Ohangwena, Oshikoto, and Oshana.
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UNICEF and NFA launch Galz & Goals Programme in

Zambezi and Oshana Regions

UNICEF, together with the Namibian Football Association (NFA), have expanded the Galz & Goals Programme to two new regions, Zambezi and Oshana. The expansion and launch of this sports for development programme, which was organised in the form of Festivals, attracted over 1,000 new girls who will now be part of this football and life skills development programme.
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NAMBTS Staff become SDGs and social media savvy

through UNCG training

Staff members of the Blood Transfusion Service of Namibia (NAMBTS), participated in an engaging training session on the importance of social media in the workplace and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on Thursday, 6 April 2017. The training session was facilitated by the social media savvy United Nations Communications Group (UNCG) Namibia, who educated the participants on the importance of creating a ‘relationship’ in the digital media world and how social media can be used to achieve development agendas. NAMBTS is a non-profit healthcare organization with the sole mandate to collect, test and issue blood products to all patients in Namibia. The organization recognized the importance of social media in reaching their target audience as well as for their employees to have the skills to create social media messages consistent with their brand and their policies. To cement this, NAMBTS solicited the help of UNCG Namibia to enlighten staff through an engaging training.
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Cabinet approves the Zero Hunger Road Map

Prime Minister of Namibia, Dr. Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila

The Government of Namibia recently approved the Zero Hunger Road Map during the first Cabinet session of 2017 which took place on 21 February 2017. The approval comes at the most opportune time when Namibia’s food security status is under threat due to harsh climatic conditions and cyclical natural disasters, especially droughts and floods. For example as a result of the El Niño-induced drought, thousands of livestock succumbed while crop production have been devastated, leaving more than 700,000 people food-insecure. A total 596,000 people are currently receiving food assistance from the government with more funding needed to meet increasing food and nutrition needs until March 2017. Currently, 42 percent of the population is undernourished.
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Emergency update: Road safety in Namibia is a


UN Namibia: Namibia is regrettably one of the frontrunners in motor vehicle accident deaths percapita in the world. Death on the Roads, based on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Status Report on Road Safety 2015, found that there were 23.9 deaths per 100,000 residents in Namibia. “Road safety in Namibia is definitely a matter of concern – if you look at it statistically and compare it globally,” said Johnny Katzao, the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) Local Security Assistant for Namibia. Katzao commends the Namibian Government for the maintenance of national roads in its attempt to protect its people, but states that due to drivers’ negligence, this has become a double-edged sword. “We have one of the best road infrastructures in Africa, and maintenance thereof, but this positive development is being misused by road users. Drivers are speeding on the roads which is causing fatalities,” Katzao rationalises, urging all Namibians to seriously consider the importance of road safety.
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UNDP Namibia launches Global Human Development


UNDP Namibia: This month, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Namibia launched the 2016 Global Human Development Report (HDR), the latest in a series of Global Development Reports published by the UNDP since 1990. The theme of this year’s report “Human Development for Everyone” stresses the central development premise that ‘people are the real wealth of nations’. The HDR recognizes that in every society certain groups are far more likely to suffer disadvantages than others and identifies deeprooted, and often unmeasured, barriers to development.
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Building sustainable agricultural systems for food


FAO Nambia: Over the past years, the Namibian Agricultural sector has been hampered and plagued by recurring droughts, which spelt food insecurity in the country. Poor rainfalls led to widespread soil erosion and land degradation, arable land loss, crop failure and high livestock mortality rates, which limited income generating opportunities for farmers and the nation at large. In an effort to enhance farmers’ livelihoods and ensure food security in the country, the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) held a dialogue to analyze the situation and conceptualize a way forward that simultaneously promotes sustainable agriculture and prioritizes food security in Namibia.
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UN System, MoEAC and ADS promote reading culture

In commemoration of World Book and Copyright Day, the United Nations System in Namibia, under the leadership of UNESCO and UNIC Windhoek, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education Arts and Culture (MoEAC) and the Association of Diplomatic Spouses (ADS), jointly donated reading books to 160 learners at Havana Primary School on Friday, 21 April 2017. On the World Book and Copyright Day, the global community joins UNESCO in paying tribute to books and authors, encouraging every-one, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those, who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity.
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Migration and Decent Work Dialogue

IOM Namibia: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration (MoHAI) were invited to present at the Public Dialogue on Migration and Decent Work, hosted by the Labour Resource and Research Institute (LaRRi) and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung on 11 April 2017. Ms. Wendy Hilongwa, IOM’s Project Assistant for the Labour Migration Project, presented the relevant findings of the Migration Profile for Namibia that was launched by the Minister for Home Affairs and Immigration, Hon. Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana, in June 2016. She also participated in the following panel discussion. On behalf of the MoHAI, Mr. Nehemia Nghisekwa, the Director for Immigration and Border Manage-ment, spoke to the public about GRN’s approach and policies with regard to migration and labour migration.
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Together We’re Cutting Climate and Disaster Risks

Robert Glasser and Patricia Espinosa* It’s a simple fact that as we continue to pump record levels of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere we are ramping up disaster risk around the globe now and for generations to come. It goes with the sobering reality of warming and rising seas and widespread changes in the Earth’s systems that are influencing storms, winds and rainfall. The toll this takes on human life, economies and government expenditures will be high on the agenda when world leaders gather in Mexico for the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in late May.
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NAMBTS nurses receive SDGs lanyards and brochures

on International Nurses Day

UN Namibia: The Blood Transfusion Service of Namibia (NAMBTS) commemorated International Nurses’ Day on 12 May 2017 under the theme “Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”. The NAMBTS nurses received certificates of appreciation for their dedication to saving lives and striving to achieve Goal 3 of the SDGs, namely “Good Health and Well-being”.
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UN Namibia pledges to #slowdown to promote road


UN Namibia: In light of the Fourth United Nations Global Road Safety Week (UNGRSW), the UN System in Namibia joined the private sector in Windhoek to rally support for the “Save Lives: #SlowDown” campaign. The Fourth UNGRSW started on 8 May and will run until 14 May 2017. It seeks to increase understanding of the dangers of speed and generate action to address this major risk for road traffic death and injury. As part of an interactive street exhibition, the UN System set up a stand at the event alongside other stakeholders. UN Staff members as well as members of the public made pledges to #slowdown.
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The UN, ‘Delivering as One’ in

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

of human rights. More:

What is happening this week?

WHO Representative to Namibia presents credentials

The newly appointed World Health Organization (WHO) Representative to Namibia, Dr. Charles Sagoe-Moses has this month (08 May 2017) officially presented his credentials to the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Hon. Mrs. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah –who doubles as Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Namibia. During a meeting which took place at her office in the capital, Hon. Nandi- Ndaitwah warmly remarked that: “we are here to assist our international representatives including the United Nations (UN) agencies.” She then continued to stress the role which WHO played over the years and continues to play in the country. “WHO is a very important organization, in the sense that it helps us as a country in ensuring that we have a healthy nation, and when you have a healthy nation you can do more”, she emphasized.
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WHO Representative to Namibia, Dr Charles Sagoe-Moses shakes

hands with Hon. Mrs. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Namibia's

Minister of International Relations and Cooperation.