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UNCG Internal Training builds capacity and unity

  The United Nations Communication Group (UNCG) Namibia held an internal training programme at the UN House from 1-3 March as a way to build capacity and promote a sense of teamwork and unity among its members. The Chair of the UNCG and UNESCO Representative to Namibia Dr. Jean-Pierre Ilboudo kicked off the training, emphasizing the importance of communication in promoting the work of the United Nations (UN) System in Namibia. “As a team, it is important for us to share our diverse skill sets with one another in order to ensure that the UNCG can spread the word of the United Nations to as many people as possible in Namibia,” Dr. Ilboudo said. The three-day programme, which was organized by the Chair and the UNCG Secretariat, UNIC Windhoek, included trainings on videography, photography, social media, digital layout, communication methodologies, mobile applications and communication for development.
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Students encouraged to #donatelife at blood donation public


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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Read Namibia and UN Namibia encourage children to read

The United Nations System in Namibia (UN Namibia) handed over books to children and reiterated the importance of literacy at Read Namibia’s UN Plaza Readathon on 16 September 2017.
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UN Day 2017: Youth encouraged to champion sustainable development

Windhoek, 24 October 2017 – In celebration of the 72nd anniversary of the United Nations (UN), the UN System in Namibia (UN Namibia) hosted an exhibition for learners aimed at encouraging the youth to use their voices to bring about positive change in line with national, regional and international development agendas. The exhibition, held under the theme, “United with UN Namibia for sustainable development” took place on 24 October 2017 at the UN House in Klein Windhoek. Kicking off the exhibition, the UN Resident Coordinator to Namibia, Kiki Gbeho said that partnerships, not only with development partners, stakeholders and academia, but also with the youth, are crucial to eradicate poverty, save the planet and ensure prosperity for all.

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The United Nations in Namibia, in consultation with the Government of the Republic of Namibia, provides crucial support to the achievement of Namibia’s national development goals which also cover the broad areas of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). All agencies contribute to these goals through various support activities provided in their respective areas of expertise. One key aspect is to effectively communicate the work of the UN in Namibia to its partners, including the GRN, civil society and development partners, both nationally and abroad. For the purpose of effective communication, a UN Communications Group (UNCG) has been established to promote and oversee common UN communication activities. The UNCG in Namibia, comprising of representatives from the UN System in Namibia, seeks to strengthen inter-agency cooperation in the field of communications and to increase visibility of United Nations activities at the national, regional and international levels by: Playing a leading role and advising the UNCT on communications activities; Implementing the communication activities of the UN System in Namibia and the Communication Strategy in support of UNPAF (emphasizing inter-agency collaboration); and Ensuring media coverage of UN supported programmes to raise awareness on the UN’s work in Namibia. In the framework of ‘Delivering as One’, the UNCG in Namibia is responsible for the planning, implementing and reporting on communication-related joint activities of the UN in Namibia. The work involves both internal and external communication.
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Staff members promise to Communicate as One

for the SDGs at UNCG Town Hall

On Wednesday, 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). The UNCG, which consists of focal points from agencies comprising the UN System in Namibia, is responsible for planning, implementing and reporting on communication-related joint activities in Namibia. These include internal communications (within and amongst different UN entities working in Namibia, including regional and headquarter entities) and external communications (with government, development partners, media and the wider public).
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NAMBTS Staff become SDGs and social media savvy

through UNCG training

Staff members of the Blood Transfusion Service of Namibia (NAMBTS), participated in an engaging training session on the importance of social media in the workplace and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on Thursday, 6 April 2017. The training session was facilitated by the social media savvy United Nations Communications Group (UNCG) Namibia, who educated the participants on the importance of creating a ‘relationship’ in the digital media world and how social media can be used to achieve development agendas. NAMBTS is a non-profit healthcare organization with the sole mandate to collect, test and issue blood products to all patients in Namibia. The organization recognized the importance of social media in reaching their target audience as well as for their employees to have the skills to create social media messages consistent with their brand and their policies. To cement this, NAMBTS solicited the help of UNCG Namibia to enlighten staff through an engaging training.
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