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Share Humanity: Stand #UnitedwithUNNamibia against the


World Humanitarian Day, commemorated each year on 19 August, is a time to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others.Due to the drought’s far- reaching impacts warranting specialized humanitarian intervention, the United Nations System in Namibia (UN Namibia) is encouraging the Namibian people to #ShareHumanity by standing #UnitedwithUNNamibia against the drought.

Will Plain Packaging make a difference?

By: The World Health Organization (WHO) Namibia

Advocacies at global and national levels to control tobacco and minimize its health impacts have witnessed tremendous progress despite pressure from the Tobacco Industry.  In Africa: 26 countries have banned advertising in public places 22 countries have banned on tobacco promotion and sponsorship 49.6% of the schools include tobacco use prevention in school curriculum Tobacco use however remains the leading preventable cause of disease, disability and death. As is true with any other treaties, the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control confers legal obligations on its Parties – that is, on the countries such as Namibia who have formally acceded to it. The WHO Framework Convention and its guidelines provide the foundation for countries to implement effective tobacco control policies and manage tobacco control programmes. Member States in the African Region are developing and enforcing tobacco control measures based on their obligations under the Convention. Namibia has made big strides towards reducing the burden of tobacco on its population. However, the fight has just begun with the implementation of the tobacco control regulations in April 2014. It has also increased tax on tobacco products. Namibia is well poised to further strengthen the fight against the tobacco through ratification of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products.  Namibia has also adopted the pictorial warnings and 3evidence suggests that those pictorial warnings significantly increase people's awareness of the harms of tobacco use and reduce the number of children/youth who begin to smoke.
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UN Namibia congratulates UNAIDS Special Advocate Geingos

At a luncheon today, the UN System in Namibia congratulated Ms. Monica Geingos on her appointment as a UNAIDS Special Advocate for Young Women and Adolescent Girls and discussed the opportunities that her appointment brings in the fight to end AIDS / HIV. Windhoek, 11 October 2016 – The United Nations (UN) System in Namibia congratulated the First Lady of the Republic of Namibia, Madam Monica Geingos on her appointment as a UNAIDS Special Advocate for Young Women and Adolescent Girls at a luncheon today as well as discussed the opportunities her appointment brings to Namibia. Ms. Geingos was named a UNAIDS Special Advocate in September 2016, around the same time as the first anniversary of the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With her appointment, she will champion of Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free, an agenda to put the world on a Super-Fast-Track to end AIDS among children, adolescents and young women by 2020. "It is a role I accepted with great relish as it speaks to our shared dream of a HIV-free generation, which is able to harness its full potential," Ms. Geingos said at the luncheon.
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UN System in Namibia celebrates partnerships and the SDGs

on United Nations Day

Windhoek, 24 October 2016: Today, the UN System in Namibia observed United Nations Day at Windhoek International School (WIS). The Namibian commemoration was held under the auspices of partnership i.e. "Agenda 2030: Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Partnerships and the work of the UN in Namibia".
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International Day on the Elimination of Violence against

Women – 25 November

Joint call by UN Rapporteur on Violence against Women and all other

global and regional mechanisms to end femicide and gender-based


GENEVA (22 November 2016) – Speaking ahead of the International Day on the Elimination of Violence against women, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the Inter- American Special Rapporteur on violence against women, the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women in Africa, the United Nations Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice, the Committee of Experts of the Follow-up Mechanism to the Belém do Pará  Convention(MESECVI) and the Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence of the Council of Europe (GREVIO), * as key global and regional women's rights expert mechanisms, jointly call for intensification of international, regional and national efforts  for prevention of femicides and gender based violence.
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The African Region to initiate action towards the attainment of

the Health SDGs by strengthening health systems

12 December 2016, Windhoek, Namibia/Brazzaville, Congo

 The First Regional Forum on Strengthening Health Systems for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Universal Health Coverage (UHC) opened today in Windhoek, Namibia with the theme Healthy Systems, Healthy People: Making Universal Health Coverage Work for Africa.  The Forum, organized by the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa (WHO AFRO) in collaboration with the Government of Namibia, will initiate the WHO Africa Region’s actions towards implementation of the health SDG and Universal Health Coverage.   In particular, the Forum aims to bring the technical leadership of Ministries of Health together with partners and other stakeholders to share experiences and agree on an African approach to building sustained, resilient and robust health systems.  It will also aid countries to create a set of common measurable actions needed to develop effective health systems across the region in order to propel them towards attaining Universal Health Coverage and achieving the SDGs. albinism.”
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Secretary-General Wishes Peace, Prosperity to Successor,

Member States, in General Assembly Tribute Statement

12 December 2016: Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s

remarks to the General Assembly plenary meeting to pay tribute to the

Secretary-General and the taking of the oath of office by Secretary-General-

designate António Guterres, in New York today:

Thank you for your very kind words and for your trust.  I am deeply moved by your tributes.  Serving as Secretary-General of this great organization, has been a great privilege for me of a lifetime. As some of you said, I am a child of the United Nations.  After the Korean War, United Nations aid fed us.  United Nations textbooks taught us.  United Nations global solidarity showed us we were not alone.  For me, the power of the United Nations was never abstract or academic.  It is the story of my life, and many Korean people.  It is a story of many millions, and millions of people around the world, many children, young boys and girls.  This profound appreciation grew even stronger every day during my service with the United Nations. For the past 10 years, I have been honoured to serve alongside the many courageous, dedicated and talented women and men of the United Nations.  I have seen the power of international cooperation in taking on our most pressing challenges, and I have seen the United Nations open its doors wider than ever to civil society and many partners to help us transform our world.
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New Permanent Representative of Namibia Presents Credentials

(Based on information provided by the Protocol and Liaison Service)

The new Permanent Representative of Namibia to the United Nations, Neville Melvin Gertze, presented his credentials to UN Secretary-General António Guterres today. Before his latest appointment, Mr. Gertze was Chief of Protocol in his country’s Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation, having previously been Ambassador to Germany, the Holy See, Poland and Turkey in a period extending from 2009 to 2015.  In 2008, he was appointed non-resident Ambassador to the Philippines and Thailand. Between 2003 and 2008, Mr. Gertze served as Namibia’s High Commissioner to Malaysia, prior to which he was Commercial Counsellor to South Africa from 1997 to 2003.  He also saw service as Personal Assistant to the Minister for Foreign Affairs (1995-1997), First Secretary at the Embassy of Washington, D.C., from 1991 to 1995, and Desk Officer for Asia and the Pacific in Windhoek, Namibia’s capital, in 1990. Holding degrees from institutions in South Africa, Mr. Gertze has a bachelor’s degree in public administration and political science from the University of Cape Town and a master’s degree in business administration from Midrand Graduate Institute in Johannesburg. Born on 5 August 1966, he is married and has two children. View press release here:
Neville Melvin Gertze, new Permanent Representative of the Republic of Namibia to the United Nations. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas - 04 January 2017, United Nations, New York

The UN Country Team in Namibia holds its Annual Retreat 

During the period 06-09 February 2017, in Swakopmund, Namibia

Swakopmund, 14 February 2017 – The United Nations Country Team (UNCT)

Namibia, under the leadership of the UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Kiki Gbeho,

held its 2017 Annual Retreat, a strategic review and planning session.

The main purpose of the retreat was to review the UN Country Team’s progress against its 2016 work plan as well as plan for the year 2017 and beyond. The retreat also provided an opportunity for the UN Country Team to engage the Government of the Republic of Namibia (GRN), on key emerging development issues. The 2017 Annual retreat was held under the theme: “UN Delivering together towards Namibia’s Prosperity”. The Country Team was joined by Honorable Lucia Iipumbu, the Deputy Minister of Economic Planning plus a team of technical staff members from the National Planning Commission. The Team also paid a brief courtesy visit to the Governor of the Erongo Region, Hon. Cleophas Mutjavikua, who expressed gratitude towards the UN System’s work in the country.
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UN expert to assess human rights situation of older persons in


GENEVA (28 February 2017) – United Nations human rights expert Rosa Kornfeld-Matte will carry out her first official visit to Namibia from 2 to 13 March 2017 to assess the human rights situation of older persons in the country. The Independent Expert noted that the upcoming visit to a member of the Group of Friends on the Human Rights of older persons will be an important opportunity to identify both best practices and gaps in the implementation of existing laws related to the promotion and protection of the rights of older persons.
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