Signing of the United Nations Partnership Agreement Framework (UNPAF 2014-2018) Action Plan

07 July 2014
Signing of the agreement

Following the launch of the United Nations Partnership Agreement Framework (UNPAF), 2014-2018 in October 2013, 7 July 2014 marked the signing of the UNPAF Action Plan together with its two-year rolling work plans between the Government of the Republic of Namibia and the United Nations System in Namibia. The UNPAF is aligned, programmatically, to the fourth National Development Plan (NDP-4) at strategic level, with a focus on higher level results, while at the same time also addressing critical downstream issues relating directly to human development. In order to support the implementation of NDP-4, the UNPAF builds on the four pillars of Institutional Environment; Education and Skills; Health; and Reducing Extreme Poverty. 

Present at the signing ceremony was the UN in Namibia Country team along with the Permanent Secretary of the National Planning Commission, who was duly represented by Mr. Willem Goeieman from the National Planning Commission. “Today is another key moment in the Roadmap that was adopted for the development of the joint Partnership Framework between the Government of the Republic of Namibia and the United Nations Country Team,” said Mr. Musinga Bandora, UN Resident Coordinator at the signing ceremony.  The RC thanked the leadership of the Government of the Republic of Namibia and UN technical committee as well as the leadership of the National Planning Commission for steering the process.

Mr. Willem Goeieman, on behalf of the National Planning Commission expressed their appreciation for the UN’s plans of support, “indeed, the outcomes of the UNPAF are fully aligned to the desired outcomes of NDP 4,” he noted. 

Further to the development of the four UNPAF, and in the context of “Delivering as One”, all participating UN programmes/ agencies/ funds have agreed to develop joint two-year rolling work plans for each of the 12 UNPAF Outcomes, results of which are to be achieved by the end of 2018.  This approach fosters greater cooperation in planning and reviewing as well as collaboration in implementation of specific activities.  It also allows partners to see the totality of UN support in each outcome area.

The National Planning Commission is coordinating most of the sectors targeted under the UNPAF. It is to this end, that the UNPAF Work Plan will also be signed by sector coordinators in Government as part of the NDP-4 implementation arrangements. The UNPAF also commits that the planning and reviewing of UN support is an integral part of the NDP-4 planning and reviewing processes.  

In closing Mr. Bandora expressed his enthusiasm to now embark full steam ahead with the implementation of these plans.

UN4U programme presented at A.I. Steenkamp

02 July 2014
UN4U outreach

UNIC Windhoek officially started running the UN4U programme for 2014, with the Centre’s mission to reach at least two thousand youth to raise awareness on how the United Nations works for each of us.

 On 2 July, the UNIC team visited A.I. Steenkamp Primary School in Katutura, where 200 children were eagerly awaiting on what the UNIC team intended to share with them! The presentation started off with the basic facts about the United Nations and how its establishment came about. It was particularly interesting to notice how receptive the children were to the information, as they paid careful attention throughout the PowerPoint presentation. 

As the presentation was in progress, the pupils were murmuring among themselves, pointing towards the screen, looking at the pictures of how one of the UN agencies (UNHCR) helps a great amount of people all over the world by assisting them with shelter, food etc. The children were quite impressed to see what an impact the UN has on the world. Key agencies that significantly stood out for them were UNICEF and UNAIDS, as most of the learners could easily identify these agencies as well as what they do particularly in the Namibian communities.

The students were aware of the fact that many children around the world are under oppression and there is a great violation of their human rights. The youngsters applauded UNICEF for all its efforts, after the team led them through an explanation of what the agency’s responsibilities were. They also applauded UNAIDS for their magnificent contribution towards the deceleration of HIV/AIDS statistics in Namibia, after having explained to them that the HIV/AIDS statistics has decreased to about 50% in the last 10years in Namibia, all because of the efforts and action plans put in place by UNAIDS.

The questions from this group of youngsters were impressive, and ranged from how the UN is funded, how permanent members of the Security Council are selected, as well as how the UN in Namibia operates nationally.  Each UN4U presentation is significantly different, as each audience has different questions and interests.  This is one of the reasons why the UN4U programme takes on a unique character at each school!

The students and teachers alike thanked UNIC for coming to share the information with them. The A.I. Steenkamp learners each received a blue water bottle with the UN emblem and United Nations Information Centre inscribed onto it as a reminder each time they use it, to reflect on how the United Nations works for each of them!

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Media Workshop on Human Trafficking

30 June 2014

Participants at the event

UNIC-Beirut and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) organized a one-day workshop on “Victim-centered Approaches in Reporting Cases of Trafficking in Persons” in Lebanon. The workshop targeted journalists and reporters from 20 Lebanese media outlets including TV, radio, print, and online platforms. 

The workshop aimed to raise the awareness of the media community on the crime of trafficking of persons and to encourage them in the fight of trafficking crime through active media reporting and applying a victim-centered approach. The workshop discussed the definition of trafficking in persons’, efforts to combat the crime in Lebanon, identification of cases of human trafficking, ethical investigative journalism, and the application of human rights principles in dealing with sources, including both victims and non-victims. Lebanese counter trafficking expert, Lieutenant Colonel Elie Al Asmar joined by Lebanese American University’s media professor Dr. Yasmine Dabbous, were among the key trainers.    

Protect your right to education – UNIC tells students

29 June 2014

National Information Officer presenting on the UN

Scholars of Tender Years Preparatory School, Abuja, North-Central Nigeria, have been charged to protect and hold on tight to their right to education by studying hard and rewarding their parents’ efforts with excellent grades and good behaviours. 

The National Information Officer of the United National Information Centre (UNIC), Lagos, Oluseyi Soremekun, gave this charge during an outreach activity which coincided with the school’s cultural day that required students to dress up in their cultural attires. 

Speaking on ‘Human Rights’ during his presentation on the ‘United Nations for School Children’, Oluseyi explained that ‘every child has the right to a name and a nationality; Protection from violence; Education; and Freedom of thought. He harped on the right to education and the need for the students to protect that right by ensuring that they do not drop out of school due to poor grades or bad behaviours.

‘Education is the greatest legacy a parent can bequeath to a child’, he added, ‘Through dedication to studies and good conduct, you can become the President, the Secretary-General or rise to any exalted position in the society.’

The students who displayed a modest awareness of their environment, asked questions concerning the UN peacekeeping operations around the world as well as the efforts of UN in addressing the Boko Haram challenges in Nigeria.

UN publications were later presented to the Head of the School, Mr Vincent Eyituoyo, for the school library.