Ms. KIKI GBEHO officially assumes her duties as the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Namibia
The United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Namibia officially presented her credentials to the Deputy Minister International Relations and Cooperation, the Hon. H.E. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah on Wednesday, 5 August 2015.
Ms. Kiki Gbeho has now officially assumed her duties as the Resident Coordinator (RC) of the United Nations in Namibia. She is the chairperson of the UN Country Team (UNCT). As such she fulfills the responsibility of coordinating all UN entities in the country in order that the UN’s efforts are aligned with the Government’s development priorities and the needs and aspirations of the people of Namibia.
The UN Country Team remains committed to supporting the Government of Namibia’s vision 20/30 and to deliver on the United Nations Partnership Framework (UNPAF) 2014 -2018. The UN is also assisting the Government of Namibia to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition to her role as the RC, Ms. Gbeho is the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative, guiding the work of UNDP in Namibia.
Prior to this assignment, Ms. Gbeho served the United Nations for over 20 years in various complex environments including in Cambodia, Angola, Iraq, Sudan and Somalia. She also served at the United Nations Headquarters in New York managing Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHAs) operations in East Southern Africa.
H.E. Nandi-Ndaitwah gave Ms. Gbeho a very warm welcome and made reference to her previous humanitarian experience by requesting UN support in the areas of disaster risk management (including in strengthening the implementation of the country’s Disaster Risk Management strategy, focusing on preparedness, response and mitigation) as well as overall coordination of the UN’s response to emerging humanitarian needs. The minister also mentioned the need to prioritize poverty alleviation.
Gbeho, is also joining the UN Family in Namibia at a time when the country is in the middle of a drought which challenges the country’s national food security amidst increasing food prices that are especially hard on the poor. Ms. Gbeho assured the Minister that the UN is fully committed to supporting the Government in addressing the issue of poverty.
Ms. Gbeho’s career began in Swakopmund 27 years ago, when she served as an electoral officer in UNTAG. The Minister therefore told Ms. Gbeho that she was “coming home.” Ms. Gbeho marveled at the changes she’s seen in Windhoek and Swakopmund since 1989.
Ms. Gbeho expressed delight at the opportunity to serve in Namibia and she is committed to work together with the UNCT and the UN Family in support of the Government of Namibia and most importantly the people.
It is evident that the wellbeing of the Namibian people, is high on Gbeho’s agenda and she communicated a keen interest in working with the Government on behalf of all Namibians.