Trade and Development 2014 Report launched in Ankara

10 September 2014

Media and audience

 

The Trade and Development Report 2014, one of the flagship publications of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), was launched in Ankara with the participation of the United Nations Resident Coordinator Kamal Malhotra.

The report was presented by Dr. Ricardo Gottschalk, Economic Affairs Officer in the Globalization and Development Strategies division at UNCTAD, and Dr. Yilmaz Akyuz, the Special Economic Advisor to South Centre, a Geneva based Intergovernmental Think Tank. Prior to this position, he served as the Director of the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies at UNCTAD. Prof. Ercan Uygur, President of the Turkish Economic Association also made a presentation on the report, and on the Turkish economy.

Presentations were followed by a question & answer session. 

In his opening remarks, UN Resident Coordinator Kamal Malhotra shared the highlights of the report with the participants, composed of members of the diplomatic corps, representatives of government offices, NGOs, think tanks, academia and media.

This year’s report rethinks global development from a historical perspective.

Considering 50 years of UNCTAD, but also 70 years since the Bretton Woods Conference, the report looks beyond the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the development agenda after 2015 by examining the role of the state in developing countries and asking how policy space can be provided for trade and finance decision-making in the future.

Importance of Literacy and Education for Sustainable Development

08 September 2014

-Participants at the event

 

UNO Baku, in cooperation with the Bright Future Youth Public Union and Azerbaijan Youth Foundation, organized a discussion session to celebrate International Literacy Day on 8 September in Mingacevir. The event brought together young NGO representatives, community members and young teachers to discuss this year’s observance themed “Literacy and Sustainable Development”, with the aim of highlighting the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. 

The event started with the screening of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 2 - Achieve Universal Primary Education, a video depicting the importance of education and literacy for human beings. After the screening, the UNO Baku team delivered an insightful presentation mentioning the importance of literacy as a key element needed to promote sustainable development -- as it empowers people to make the right decisions in the areas of economic growth, social development and environmental integration. 

“By promoting literacy, you can help people gain awareness that literacy is the foundation of all learning and development,” said Zaka Guluyev, a UNO Baku team member. He also mentioned that it was vital that people reach out to one another in order to educate illiterate people in our communities and societies. 

In order to spice up the event, a short simulation was launched. Each of the participants were assigned to represent their ideas on "the Role of Literacy and Education for Sustainable Development". The participant appeared very excited with the role-play and came up with insightful and interesting speeches. 

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2014 Inter-agency Games in Namibia

07 September 2014

Relay Race

 

The Inter-Country United Nations (UN) Games hosted by the UN in Namibia brought together about 500 United Nations staff members from Botswana, Angola, Lesotho, Swaziland, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia from 5 - 7 September 2014. 

The right of access to and participation in sport has long been recognized in a number of international conventions, including the UN Charter. As a reflection of the Global UN Inter-Agency Sports, and as part of adhering to the fundamental principles of the United Nations in relation to Sport and human rights, the UN in Southern Africa has been holding UN Inter-Country Sports since 2007.

The aim of the Inter-Country UN sports is to encouraging UN staff to participate in a healthy life style, promoting human values such as respect for the opponent, acceptance of binding rules, teamwork and fairness, at the same time giving the opportunity for UN staff to create linkage and friendship with staff members of different UN agencies from different countries and within countries.

Participating countries competed in various sport disciplines including, soccer, netball, 100m relay, long jump, basketball, tennis, etc.  The Namibian team excelled in netball, athletics and in soccer, winning the final game against South Africa on penalties.

On the other hand, Zimbabwe outshined all participants in basketball and tennis. The Games provided more than a pleasurable diversion from the daily routine for many UN Namibia staff, who were proud to been crowned the overall winner of the 2014 UN Games.

The UN Southern African Development Community (SADC) engagement also created moments of memorable fun with a “Mr. and Mrs. UN Games 2014” beauty pageant being held.  The winners of the beauty contest were Chriswell Mhembere and Trish Dlamini, both representing UN Zimbabwe.

The competitive initiative was rounded off with a gala dinner and prize giving ceremony at the UN House in Klein Windhoek.

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Public Lecture on MDGs

20 August 2014

At the event

 

Mr. Musinga Bandora, the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Representative in Namibia delivered a public lecture at the University of Namibia on the topic:  “From the Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals of the New Post 2015 Development Agenda: Process and Prospects for Africa and Namibia-Making the New Agenda Work”

The lecture was well attended by academia, civil society, students, ambassadors and representatives from the development community. “For those who may not know, Namibia played a crucial role in the coming into being of the MDGs. H.E. Dr. Sam Nujoma, co-presided over the Millennium Summit which met in September 2000 to discuss the role of the United Nations at the turn of the 21st century.  Equally, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Theo Ben Gurirab, was President of the UN General Assembly in 2000 when it adopted the Millennium Declaration which inspired and gave birth to the MDGs. We are all indebted to Namibia in this regard,” he said.

With the global campaign in full swing from 16-22 August 2014, highlighting the 500 day mark away from the MDG deadline, the onus will shift on the new Post 2015 Agenda and how it should be evolved.

Mr Bandora reflected on the results and achievements of Namibia in particular, highlighting the areas where the country has met the targets as well as the areas where work is required. He highlighted the development required in Africa and went into great detail on the approaches and core elements. 

The lecture was followed by intellectual questions and sparked interesting debate around the MDGs.  

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