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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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Enhancing Date Palm Cultivation and Date Production in

Namibia

The Government of Namibia is seeking to increase and diversify crop production in order to generate income and increase food security in the country, among other things. In this context, the Government and private sector date growers have recognized the potential of date production in the country, and are working on the establishment of date palm plantations and the promotion of a date production industry. In order to implement these programmes successfully, it was necessary to address certain issues, such as a shortage of high-quality date cultivars, a lack of rapid techniques and modern facilities to propagate date palm, and a poor technical base.
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FLON leads #BeFree movement

UNAIDS: As a UNAIDS Special Advocate for Adolescents Girls and Young Women, the First Lady of the Republic of Namibia (FLON), Madame Monica Geingos continues to champion the Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free agenda through her #BeFree movement and has done tremendous work with students, parents, life skills teachers, social workers, nurses and police officers. The intention of #BeFree is to create a non-judgemental, inclusive platform which encourages honest and robust dialogue and information-sharing between all parties on challenges that hold young people back.
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Namibia commemorates World Day against Trafficking in Persons

Windhoek, Namibia 28th July 2017 - Namibia joined the rest of the world in the commemoration of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons (WDATiP). The commemoration took place in form of a press conference which was organized by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare (MGECW) in close coordination with the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The statements were delivered by IOM Head of Office Ms. Lilian Ambuso, U.S. Ambassador His Excellency Thomas F. Daughton, Deputy Prosecutor General Advocate Innocentia Nyoni on behalf of Prosecutor General Adv. Martha Imalwa, General Major & Deputy Inspector General for Administration Anne – Marie Nainda on behalf of Lt. Gen. Inspector – General Sebastian Ndeitunga.
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UN Namibia participates in UN For All training

UN Namibia staff members participated in UN Care’s “UN for All: Dignity and Inclusion in our Workplace” training throughout the past week. The training, consisting of two modules, aims to make the United Nations a fully inclusive workplace, which is respectful of all kinds of diversity. The training is held for UN personnel across the globe. The first module addresses human rights, specifically outlining the basic human rights principles, explaining unconscious bias, introducing basic concepts on diversity and inclusion, and emphasizing the power of language in the creation of an inclusive work environment. The second module addresses sexual orientation and gender identity, specifically explaining the basics of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and how to include LGBTI personnel in the United Nations. The training helped UN Namibia personnel to understand how to be more inclusive of all colleagues, and ultimately, how to interact with all the UN’s working partners and stakeholders.
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Students encouraged to #donatelife at blood donation

public lecture

The Blood Transfusion Service of Namibia, the World Health Organization (WHO) Namibia and the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) hosted a public lecture on blood donation on Wednesday, 16 August under the theme, "Give Blood, Give Now, Give Often". The lecture, the third of its kind, aimed towards educating the public on the importance of blood donation, with particular emphasis on the shortage of consistent blood donors in the country resulting in a shortage in supply.
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Oshana Region active-case search & surveillance

concludes

WHO Namibia: Rapid notification of disease outbreaks and disease surveillance are essential for prompt public health action and for monitoring disease trends. To this end, the World Health Organization (WHO) along with the Epidemiology Division (national level) within the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) conducted the active- case search mission to Oshana Region from 21-25 August 2017. The meetings aimed to identify gaps re-quiring capacity building in preventing and reporting disease outbreaks among health care workers in Oshana Region. About seven health centres (including a private hospital) in the region were visited.

UN Volunteers contribute to sustainable development

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. In Namibia, both international and national personnel serve as UNVs. Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges, and it can transform the pace and nature of development. Volunteerism benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer by strengthening trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens, and by purposefully creating opportunities for participation. UNV contributes to peace anddevelopment by advocating for recognition of volunteers, working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing an increasing number and diversity of volunteers, including experienced UN Volunteers, throughout the world. UNV embraces volunteerism as universal and inclusive, and recognizes volunteerism in its diversity as well as the values that sustain it: free will, commitment, engagement and solidarity. Visit www.unv.org to learn more about the UNV programme.
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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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MVA Fund warns UN Staff members about speeding

The United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) in partnership with the Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund held a road safety town hall for all UN staff members on 24 August under the theme, “Slow Down, Save Lives”. Road traffic accidents are a global health concern, and road traffic deaths have increased by about 13% globally since 2000. The World Health Organization has found that, “Over 3,400 people die on the world’s roads every day and tens of millions of people are injured or disabled every year”. For this reason, Goal 3 ‘Good Health and Well-being’ of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aims to halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents by 2020. According to the MVA Fund, 477 deaths have been reported on Namibian roads from January to mid-August. The types of crashes are categorized as roll over (29%), collisions (28%) and pedestrian accidents (22%). The factors contributing to road accidents are human factors (60-90%), vehicle (15-30%), environment (3-5%) and road (5-20%).
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UNESCO steps forward for quality education

The UNESCO-China Funds-in-trust (CFIT) project organised a workshop from 31 July to 01 August 2017 at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). Pedagogical innovation approaches and methods were unpacked, scrutinised and re- engineered in order to achieve continuous improvement of the education system in Namibia. Quality education is a priority and a requirement to achieve social, economic and environmental sustainable development. The interest in quality education had become one of the main focuses because the future of the African continent and Namibia in particular depends on the quality of instruction children and higher education students are receiving in institutions of learning.
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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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UN 72nd Session of the General

Assembly

On 31 May 2017, the General Assembly of the United Nations elected H. E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák of Slovakia as President of its seventy-second session, which spans from September 2017 to September 2018. At the time of his election, Mr. Lajčák was serving his third term as Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, a position he held since April 2012. From April 2012 to March 2016, Mr. Lajčák also served as Deputy Prime Minister of his country. Mr. Lajčák has dedicated his professional life to diplomatic service, representing both the Slovak Republic and the international community on posts in Brussels, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro.