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UN Namibia and GRN raise awareness at IDDR 2016
By: UNIC Windhoek Opuwo, 13 October 2016: The United Nations (UN) System in Namibia in partnership with the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), the Directorate of Disaster Risk Management (DDRM) and the Kunene Regional Council commemorated the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) on 13 October 2016 in Opuwo, Kunene Region.
United Nations Day
The UN System in Namibia observed United Nations Day at Windhoek International School (WIS) on 24 October. 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". The official UN Day programme was led by the UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Kiki Gbeho, with the keynote address delivered by Hon. Lucia Iipumbu on behalf of Tom Alweendo, the Minister of Economic Planning and Director General of the National Planning Commission. In attendance were the diplomatic corps, representation from the various line Ministries, as well as stakeholders from the private sector, NGOs, development partners and donors. The proceedings were followed by an educational and interactive UN Day Exhibition. Resident UN agencies in Namibia, alongside the Government of the Republic of Namibia and stakeholders showcased their work and mandates and actively engaged in information sharing with invited guests and the general public.
National School Feeding Programme draft policy validation
24-25 October: WFP provided technical assistance to the Ministry of Education in developing a draft policy aiming to enhance the management of the National School Feeding Programme. Stakeholders including the private sector, the UN agencies and Civil Society provided inputs to strengthen the draft, leading to its validation.
Development Partnership Forum
5 December: The attendees of the Development Partnership Forum, run by the Government of the Republic of Namibia together with the UN System in Namibia, participated in a discussion on 'enhanced partnerships toward inclusive and sustainable growth and prosperity for Namibia' with a panel consisting of representatives from a variety of sectors.
Machel and Pakkala meet with Speaker of National Assembly
December 2016: Ms. Pakkala and Graça Machel met with the Speaker of the National Assembly and members of parliament to discuss Nutrition and the impact of malnutrition on learning outcomes; Early Childhood Development; Education and the Girl Child.
Speaking at the PARMaCM closure luncheon, Acting WHO Rep. to Namibia
Dr. Desta Tirunah said, “WHO would like to thank the EU, for the confidence
and trust they have in our evidence-based technical guidance and
programmatic implementation”. February 2017, WHO
World Radio Day
Learners and teachers from various high schools in Namibia came in
numbers to attend the 2017 World Radio Day conference. February 2017,
2017 Annual UNCT Retreat participants alongside Hon. Lucia Iipumbu and a
team of technical staff members from the National Planning Commission.
February 2017, UNCG
UNRC to Namibia Kiki Gbeho hands over a Sustainable Development Goals
(SDGs) banner to the Hon. Govenor of the Erongo Region, Cleophas
Mutjavikua during the UNCT Retreat. February 2017, UNCG
GRN and UN Namibia advocate for ‘From Peace in the Home,
to Peace in Namibia’
In order to raise awareness of genderbased violence (GBV), promote gender equality and address issues of the girl child, the Government of the Republic of Namibia (GRN) in collaboration with UN System in Namibia commemorated International Women’s Day in the Tobias Hainyeko Constituency under the theme, ‘From Peace in the Home, to Peace in Namibia: Be Bold for Change’. Speaking at the event, the First Lady of the Republic of Namibia (FLON) Madam Monica Geingos highlighted that, “We have a new fight on our hands, and it is GBV.” Highlighting that GBV and various types of abuse are happening across Namibia, FLON says, “There are no racial, economic or ethnic lines.” Hon. Doreen Sioka, Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare said that, ‘Namibia is moving’ in terms of achieving gender equality because there are more women in Parliament than ever before, and education has achieved gender parity. Namibia has taken monumental steps in terms of domesticating international instruments to combat GBV, including domesticating the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as passing progressive legislation to combat GBV, such as the Combating of Rape Act and the Combating of Domestic Violence Act. The Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare dedicates its work to addressing inequality, while the United Nations Partnership Framework (UNPAF) 2014-2018 with Namibia specifically aims to address gender inequality through its pillars. Although Namibia has reached many milestones in terms of gender equality and passing legislation to ensure that human rights are upheld, there are still challenges that must be addressed. Hon. Sioka called for unity in addressing GBV, encouraging partners, stakeholders and the public to unite to ensure that there is peace in the home and peace in Namibia.
UNCG Town Hall, 19 April 2017: The United Nations
Communications Group (UNCG) Namibia hosted a Town Hall
for all United Nations (UN) Namibia staff members in order to
rally support of the UN’s efforts to 'Communicate as One' for
the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
After learning about the importance of communication in development
efforts and promoting positive change in Namibia, UN Namibia staff
members committed to communicating and achieving the SDGs by signing a
canvas that will be displayed in the lobby of the UN House in Klein
Role of the Resident Coordinator
UNCT Maps on UNPAF Pillars
GENDER THEME GROUP
UNCT Maps on UNPAF Pillars
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