09 Oct 2015 18:00pm
WINDHOEK, 09 OCT (NAMPA) - The Executive Chairperson of the National Youth Council (NYC), Mandela Kapere says many Namibians still live under the poverty line.
Speaking during the opening ceremony of the United Nations (UN) 70th anniversary here on Friday, Kapere said drastic measures are required to lift them out of poverty.
According to him, the NYC together with other organisations such as the Council of Churches Namibia (CCN) and the National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) have joined hands, calling on all Namibians to rise up and declare a war on poverty.
All Namibians should rise up and say we are tired of absolute poverty, said Kapere.
Although Namibia is doing well in terms of development by getting governance processes in place, and according to the level of economic development that has been achieved as a country, he said all this achievement has however been without a growth in jobs, which has left Namibians in absolute poverty and with no opportunities to improve their living standards.
The launch was attended by various representatives of the UN agencies in Namibia such as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco); World Health Organisation (WHO); and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) among others.
The Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare (MPESW), Zephania Kameeta was also present at the anniversary that was held under the theme Youth, Development and Poverty.
Kameeta said this theme is important to Namibia as 75 per cent of Namibias population aged 35 years and under is indeed the youth, adding that President Hage Geingob made it clear at the UN General Assembly earlier this month that eradicating poverty in Namibia is one of his goals, which is why he created the MPESW to spearhead operations in this regard.
Also speaking at the anniversary, UN Resident Coordinator, Kiki Gbeho said there are a number of areas where poverty has been resistant to efforts to eradicate its impact. Poverty levels are higher in rural areas compared to urban centres, while female-headed households, subsistence farmers and young people are all disproportionally affected.
She further said that for development to occur, people cannot be hungry or thirsty. They must be healthy, educated and be able to earn a living. Only then can they contribute towards improving the social and economic well-being of their communities.
In his message for the UN 70th General Assembly earlier this year, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon said this anniversary provides the opportunity to reflect on the UNs history and take stock of its achievements. He said the international community needs to redouble its efforts to meet current and future challenges across the three pillars of its work: peace and security, development, and human rights.
Established in October 1945 after World War II, the United Nations is an international organisation that was formed to replace the League of Nations. At its founding, it had a total number of 51 member states and now has 193.