UN Secretary-General inaugurate the UN house in Namibia

25 Jun 2014

imageUN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and President of the Republic of Namibia Hifikepunye Pohamba at the UN House ingruation in Windhoek

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon officially inaugurated the United Nations House in Windhoek, Namibia yesterday alongside the President Hifikepunye Pohamba. The Namibian government built the United Nations House in Klein Windhoek to allow for better coordination of UN agencies working in the country.

Handing over the UN house to the UN Secretary-General, Pohamba said that “the inauguration of the UN House here in our capital city serves to further cement the cordial and friendly relations that so happily exist between Namibia and the entire United Nations system.” This is in line with the UN concept of “Delivering as One”.  It is a source of great joy for us that this project was completed as planned.  For seven years now, UN Agencies in Namibia have been housed in this facility, he added. 

The President further expressed that he is “indeed pleased to hand over this facility to Your Excellency and to express our deep appreciation to you, and through you, to the entire UN family for the invaluable support that the UN system has rendered to Namibia over the years.” He also welcomed the UN Partnership Framework (2014 – 2018), which was launched last year. 

“On behalf of the United Nations, I would like to thank the people and the Government of Namibia for this gift to the United Nations. This donation of the UN House is a stellar example of Namibia’s role in supporting the United Nations,” said Mr. Ban at the ceremony accepting the facility, adding that the UN has a valuable history with the Namibian people and I am pleased to be here today to write another chapter in our cooperation.

Mr. Ban applauded “Namibia for its tremendous progress on national reconciliation, press freedom, the adoption of human rights treaties, and substantial economic growth. Namibia’s sound economic policies have enabled it to transition to upper-middle-income status in a very short period,” said the UN chief. “This makes Namibia an economic frontrunner in Africa.”

He went on to commend Namibia for its invaluable support for UN peacekeeping operations and welcomed the country’s leadership as a member of the Human Rights Council. “I am pleased that Namibia is playing a leadership role in developing Africa’s Common Position on the post-2015 development agenda. I count on President’s Pohamba vision in that field,” he added.

 “Namibia has also demonstrated its leadership in addressing HIV/AIDS, reducing poverty, protecting the environment and promoting gender equality,” he said. Namibia is also advancing a regional approach to migration issues in Southern Africa and mainstreaming migration in its development agenda.

Mr. Ban went on to note that he is leading a global campaign to end all forms of violence against women and children. “We must all take steps to change harmful gender norms and support the empowerment of women and children,” he said, noting that the UN Partnership Framework recently signed with the Government of Namibia has a specific outcome on gender equality and gender-based violence.

The UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Mr. Musinga Bandora mentioned that “beside proving a conducive environment, it has facilitated closer human contact, reduced operational cost and has been a catalyst for closer collaboration among the various entities of the UN.”

The prestigious event was attended by government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, UN staff and the media.