UN Day celebrated in Windhoek

24 Oct 2018 18:40pm
WINDHOEK, 24 OCT (NAMPA) - Namibia has effected one of the fastest reductions in poverty on the African continent and has reduced inequality while growing its gross national income, acting United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator Rachel Odede said Wednesday.
The country, however, still faces challenges such as less than a quarter of children being enrolled in early childhood development programmes, an increasing burden on the health sector and youth unemployment, Odede said during the commemoration of the 73rd UN Day in Windhoek.
She said for this year’s celebration, the local UN staff thus went into the community to raise awareness of these issues, amongst others visiting the children’s ward at the Windhoek Central Hospital, Katutura Old Age Home and International University of Management.
Odede said for 73 years, the UN has been working to protect human rights for all and ensure peace across the globe.
“Here in Namibia, the United Nations also has a long-standing history of having served as a trusted partner dating back to the time of independence,” she added.
She said since then, Namibia has made great strides, in line with national and international development agendas, in ensuring that no one is left behind.
Odede indicated that Namibia is ranked 43rd in the world for peace, 26th in the world and second in Africa in terms of press freedom and fifth in Africa in terms of good governance.
The United Nations has also continued to support the country in its fight against poverty and on the path towards sustainable development.
“Our partnership framework with the Government, the UN Partnership Framework 2019-2023, outlines our plan of action to ensure that we eradicate poverty and inequality. The global Sustainable Development Goals are also clear, we must end poverty, protect the environment and ensure prosperity for all.”
To do this, everyone’s commitment is needed, Odede urged.
“On this UN Day, I encourage you to stand #UnitedwithUNNamibia and speak about injustices in your community and to bring about the positive change you want to see.”
UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of the founding document by the majority of its signatories, the United Nations officially came into being.
United Nations Day has been celebrated on 24 October since 1948.