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Kiki Gbeho, UN Resident Coordinator

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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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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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UNFPA hands over N$7.4m contraceptives to Health


8 February, Windhoek – The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Namibia Country Office handed over sexual and reproductive health (SRH) commodities worth N$7 million to the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS). The donation, made possible through the Preventing Maternal Deaths in East and Southern Africa (PreMDESA) Project, included DMPA Depo-Provera and soloshots syringes (60,000 units), Noristerate and soloshots syringes (110,000 units), Copper T IUDs (5000 units), female condoms (200,000 units) and Implanon NTX (7000 units).
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 WFP and GRN to introduce SCOPE in Namibia

4-9 February, Zimbabwe: The World Food Programme (WFP) in partnership with the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare (MPESW) undertook a mission to Zimbabwe as part of WFP’s South-South Cooperation learning exchange to learn about SCOPE, WFP’s digital beneficiary and transfer management platform that supports programme intervention cycles from beginning to end.
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IOM and UNODC support GRN on combatting TiP

5-9 February 2018, Swakopmund: Trafficking in Persons (TiP), a violation of human rights which robs human beings of their freedom and dignity, has been in existence for many years and is known as slavery. Like many other countries, Namibia vows to fight this practice.
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Radio and sports unite people for World Radio Day

 15-16 February, Opuwo: UNESCO Windhoek Office, in partnership with the Government of the Republic of Namibia (GRN), various radio stations, regulatory and self-regulatory communication bodies and other related organisations hosted a two-day celebration of World Radio Day under the theme “Radio and Sports”.
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NAM’s emergency preparedness and response strengthened

12-16 February, Otjiwarongo: UN Namibia, under the leadership of the UN Emergency and Humanitarian Focal Points (EHFPS), supported the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) in organising and executing a workshop on emergency preparedness and re- sponse (EPR).
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UN Namibia assists in fight against Hepatitis E outbreak

20 February, Windhoek: UN Namibia, through UNFPA, UNICEF and WHO, is as-sisting the Government of the Republic of Namibia (GRN) to fight the outbreak of Hepatitis E on the outskirts of the capital city, Windhoek.
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African middle-income countries share development


19 - 20 February, Swakopmund: Govern-ment and UN representatives from Bo-tswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland (BLNSS) came together to share their experiences in development as middle-income countries (MICs) and to identify areas of potential collaboration both within and across countries.
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Greening the Blue in 2018

23 February 2018, Windhoek: UNDP and UNESCO hosted a UN Staff ‘Brown Bag’ discussion to introduce staff members to UN Namibia’s Greening the Blue (GtB) initiatives for 2018.
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Gobabis launches its Maternity Waiting Home

23 February, Gobabis: As part of her legacy as the former First Lady of the Republic of Namibia and a champion of maternal care, Madam Pohamba, along with the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS), officially opened the Lady Pohamba Maternity Waiting Home in Gobabis.
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Namibia participates in COP 2018 Review Meeting

19-24 February, Johannesburg: A Namibian team composed of participants from the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS), civil society organisations (CSOs), U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USAID, and UNAIDS participated in the Country Operational Plan (COP) 2018 Review Meeting.
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Gbeho appointed as Deputy Joint Special Representative for


6 March 2018: United Nations Secretary-General and African Union Commission Chair Appoint Anita Kokui Gbeho of Ghana as Deputy Joint Special Representative for the African Union-United Nations hybrid Operation in Darfur
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