National Council and Unicef sign partnership

28 May 2019 17:00pm
WINDHOEK, 28 MAY (NAMPA) –The National Council (NC) and United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (Unicef) on Tuesday signed a partnership agreement focusing on the strengthening of capacity for legislators in the capital.
This was announced by the Chairperson of the National Council, Margaret Mensah-Williams in the NC.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Mensah-Williams said through this partnership, the NC will strengthen its legislative review functions and oversight roles as the upper house of
Parliament, which will ultimately give the Namibian child more protection.
“I am particularly pleased that this partnership will be over a five-year period. It will allow the two parties to delve deep into the issues of concern and find long-term solutions,” she stated.
Mensah-Williams further assured Unicef of the NC’s full support in the implementation of the agreement.
On her part, Unicef Country Representative, Rachel Odede said the partnership aims to develop and strengthen the capacity of legislators to enable Unicef to achieve sustainable results for the children.
Odede stated that strengthening the capacity of legislators will enable Unicef to achieve sustainable results for children whether related to education, health, protection, HIV/ AIDS, nutrition, or water and sanitation among others.
“As the first house of legislation, we know that National Council throughout the world have the power to create real and lasting changes for children. They can allocate resources from national budgets, establish strong policy directions, and debate, shape and enforce laws that protect children,” he stated.
She further stated that the partnership is also designed to specifically respond to the country context, adding that it will use a mix of strategies, civil society and the private sector, to ensure that it reaches every child in Namibia.
The partnership aims to work in line with fifth National Development Plan, the Harambee Prosperity Plan, the sustainable development goals, and Africa’s Agenda 2063.