The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek hosted a press conference in Windhoek at the UN House announcing the departure of the current United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Representative to Namibia, H.E. Mr. Musinga T. Bandora. Originally from Tanzania, the Resident Coordinator took up office in Namibia during January 2012.
UNIC Windhoek organized the entire event, coordinating interviews, handling enquiries and preparing media press kits. UNIC Windhoek’s National Information Officer, Ms. Anthea Basson moderated the press event. The press conference was well attended by the mainstream print, television and radio media channels in Namibia. Mr.Bandora’s last day at the UN in Namibia will be 30 June 2015.
At the press conference, Mr. Musinga Bandora noted that “It has been a privilege and honour to the serve the UN in Namibia, working in partnership with the Government of the Republic of Namibia to address pertinent issues related to the country’s national development.” Bandora’s successor, Ms. Anita Kiki Gbeho is scheduled to take up the reigns of her new portfolio on 19 July 2015.
Key milestones achieved during Bandora’s tenure as Resident Coordinator in Namibia include the adoption of UNPAF (United Nations Development Partnership Framework) 2014 – 2018, a comprehensive blueprint providing the context and content of UN work in the country. Bandora was instrumental to the process wherein the Secretary General of the United Nations, H.E. Ban Ki Moon undertook an official visit to Namibia for the official inauguration of the UN House in Namibia.
His focus on building, fostering and maintaining strategic partnerships for the successful implementation of UNPAF has also facilitated the creation of platforms for regular stakeholder engagements between the diplomatic corps, development partners, the UN and the National Planning Commission, where imperative dialogue occurred to drive the development agenda forward. These discussions initiated by Bandora ensure the synchronisation and joint resource mobilisation among development partners, enhancing the impact and results and ensuring alignment with the National Development Plan.
Bandora’s public engagement has seen him frequently deliver public lectures, addressing topical issues such as the transition from the Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Agenda. These lectures highlighted an analysis and recommendations on the post 2015 agenda and the crucial role of African countries.
As the UN commemorates its 70th Anniversary – Bandora reflects on the UN’s history in Namibia since 1990, where the UN supported the country to address poverty reduction, agriculture and food security, good governance and human rights, education, health and HIV/AIDS, environment, emergencies and refugees among others. This support continues to this day, and as he takes stock of the UN’s enduring achievements in Namibia, it is an opportunity to call upon the UN in Namibia to continue on its mission for the UN, ‘Delivering as One’ to use its expertise to champion and support interventions aimed at addressing economic and social inequalities thus contributing to prosperity, dignity, peace and full realization of human rights.
“I firmly believe that I have made a significant contribution to the strong foundation which will enable the UN in Namibia to be the leading partner in Namibia’s pursuit of its national development vision and goals consistent with internationally agreed standards and norms,” Bandora concluded.