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.