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Rachel Odede

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.  

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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.
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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.
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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.
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“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.
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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.
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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.
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UNESCO facilities development of Teacher Demand and

Supply Model

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.
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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.
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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.
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Namibia commended for efforts at International AIDS


27 July, Amsterdam: Namibia was recognised at the 22nd International AIDS Conference for its progress and achievements towards the Fast Track targets and the ultimate goal to End AIDS by 2030. The conference, which took place from 23- 27 July in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, brought together key health stakeholders from across the globe to share scientific research and programmatic lessons related to the HIV and AIDS response.
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Tertiary-level students discuss access to information and

gender equality

24 July, Windhoek: A Public Lecture on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 5 ‘Gender Equality’ and 16 ‘Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions’ was held on 24 July at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Windhoek. The lecture was a continuation of the World Press Freedom Day Celebrations 2018 in Namibia that started on 7 May under the theme “Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and the Rule of Law”. The public lecture aimed to look at access to information and the importance of applying gender-sensitiveness.
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Workplace Wellness: UN Staff participate in health check-ups

24 July, Windhoek: UN Namibia staff members turned up in numbers to participate in health check-ups, conducted by InVision Wellness, a local company offering health and wellness services.
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Youth discuss sexual and reproductive health and rights

21 July, Swakopmund: Young people from the country’s 14 regions convened in Swakopmund for the National Youth Conference from 20-21 July 2018. Held under the theme “Young people putting Sexual Reproductive Health Rights knowledge into practice”, the Conference provided a space for young people to speak openly about the challenges they face and how to address them.
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#Inspirechange – Marking the centenary of the birth of


21 July, Swakopmund: Young people from the country’s 14 regions convened in Swakopmund for the National Youth Conference from 20-21 July 2018. Held under the theme “Young people putting Sexual Reproductive Health Rights knowledge into practice”, the Conference provided a space for young people to speak openly about the challenges they face and how to address them.
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UNDP visits Family of Hope Services Centre for Mandela Day

18 July, Windhoek: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Namibia visited the Family of Hope Services Centre in the Havana Informal Settlement, Windhoek on Nelson Mandela International Day. The Centre supports 450 orphans and vulnerable children, providing meals, counseling, medical care and education.
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Namibia presents its Voluntary National Review at High Level

Political Forum on Sustainable Development

17 July, New York, USA: The Government of the Republic of Namibia, under the leadership of the National Planning Commission (NPC) presented its Voluntary National Review (VNR) on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development at Headquarters in New York City, New York, USA on 17 July 2018.
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Ministry of Health and Social Services launches Strategic Plan

16 July, Windhoek: The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) launched its Strategic Plan for 2017/18 - 2021/22 alongside partners, including the United Nations (UN) System in Namibia, on 16 July 2018 in Windhoek. The plan outlines activities towards making Namibia a healthy nation, in line with national and international development agendas.
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Biometric innovation for the Namibian Food Bank project

13 July, Windhoek: The World Food Programme (WFP) hosted a training on SCOPE from 9- 13 July 2018 the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare (MPESW) staff members and the Namibian Food Bank Street committees.
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Empowering caregivers to support adolescents living with HIV

through the Onyaanya Teen Club

Oshikoto Region: Through the establishment of a Teen Club at Onyaanya Clinic in Oshikoto Region, caregivers are being engaged to cope with the difficult emotions of anger, fear, denial and sadness among adolescents living with HIV.

ILO country programme to “ensure a future of social justice in

the world of work for all Namibians”

Windhoek, 7 August: The Government of the Republic of Namibia, the country’s workers’ and employers’ organizations and the ILO have signed a new Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) for the period 2018-2023. The DWCP, which replaces an earlier one, covers various areas that will require intervention, including child labour, social protection, industrial relations, employment, domestic work, the informal economy, occupational safety and health, support to key populations and gender equality.
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