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693940H.E. Mr. Hage Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia, speaks before the General Assembly, 21 September 2016

Statement Summary:

HAGE G. GEINGOB, President of Namibia, said the world’s people had implored the United Nations to increase its efforts in more spheres of activity, locations and challenging circumstances than in the Organization’s history. Implementation of the new 2030 Agenda would require coherence and complementarity among global, continental, regional, national, local and other platforms. In addition, the success of the Sustainable Development Goals would require efforts to integrate economic growth, social justice and environmental stewardship. “We need to talk now about inclusive growth that would translate to decent jobs for our citizens,” he said, urging a shift away from the current growth models.

To make a dent on poverty, Namibia had to grow at a higher level, he said, stressing his country’s commitment to responsibly managing the economy. There was no risk it would not honour its near- and medium-term debt obligations. The private sector had a crucial role to play in stimulating growth. On the social justice front, he expressed concern about the current refugee crisis, which required immediate and collective action. Notably, factors that forced people to flee needed to be addressed, rather than just addressing the symptoms of the problem.

Today, Namibia had ratified the Paris Agreement on climate change, he said, stressing that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Sendai Declaration on Disaster Risk Reduction were the central frameworks for cooperative action in that regard. Among the world’s driest countries, Namibia had taken mitigation and adaptation measures to staunch losses due to climate change, including through the development of solar, wind and hydroelectricity. He emphasized his support for the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities in that regard, adding that Namibia also had offered to host the African regional hub of the Green Climate Fund.

Turning to the United Nations, he said the Security Council was too important an organ to be left to the interests of a few and he called for its reform to make it more democratic and transparent. Namibia was committed to the African common position from a belief that the Council should reflect the United Nations’ diversity. “Fairness and justice warrant that Africa be part of the equation,” he said, also calling for implementation of all relevant resolutions on Palestine and urging support for Palestinians to exercise their right to self-determination. Recalling Morocco’s support in helping Namibia achieve independence, he urged implementation of all resolutions calling for a referendum on Western Sahara so that people there could freely express themselves.

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Shikongo delivers on his promise

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The Namibia, Sport - General | 2016-09-16by Helge Schutz (for more photos, please click on this link to the Nambian)

ANANIAS Shikongo gave a superb performance on Thursday to win the Men's T11 200m gold medal in a new Paralympic Games record time of 22,44 seconds, which was just 0,03 seconds outside the world record.

Brazil's Felipe Gomes came second in 22,52 seconds, while another Brazilian Daniel Silva came third in 23,04.

Speaking to Nampa after the race, Shikongo said he had delivered on his promise to win the gold medal.

“I came here to show the world that we work very hard in Namibia. I promised gold in the 200m and I delivered it with a new Paralympic record, which is a good thing for me as an athlete.

“I will continue working hard as the competition is getting hard and everyone would want to beat me now when we get to other competitions,” he said.

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Inside the House Namibia Built: Open Windows and a breath of fresh air

Greg Mills interviews President Dr Hage Geingob  Africa 12 Sep 2016 02:59 (South Africa)

849x493q70Mills Geingob Interview MAIN PHOTOJust a quarter-century ago, Namibia was only, and frequently, in the news for conflict and a failure to compromise. But the Namibia of today holds lessons for South Africa. By GREG MILLS.

The names of Windhoek’s streets are evidence of Namibia’s difficult past – but also its pragmatism.

Where Fidel Castro Street intersects with Independence (formerly Kaiser Street) Avenue, there are signs to Christus Kirche, Reiterdenkmal and Alte Feste. Kenneth David Kaunda, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, and Nelson Mandela are among those honoured with street names from Africa’s liberation history, and today they crisscross a pantheon of local heroes and German colonists.

The German colonial period was short, just 30 years, and brutal, including the slaughter of between 25,000 and 65,000 Hereros and 1,000 Namas, respectively 50-70% and 50% of their populations. This was followed by 75 years of South African occupation, reinforcing the colonial patterns of identity and racial privilege. Please click here to read the full interview...

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INM vermittelt in Namibia materialwissenschaftliches Know-how für mehr Wirtschaftskraft

Dr. Carola Jung Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit
INM - Leibniz-Institut für Neue Materialien gGmbH
 

Das INM – Leibniz-Institut für Neue Materialien und das Saarland-Landesbüro der Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) starten zusammen mit der Universität von Namibia (UNAM) ein materialwissenschaftliches Projekt. Die Kooperation soll es ermöglichen, die lokal verfügbaren natürlichen Ressourcen in Namibia zu analysieren und als Grundlage für neue Materialien zu verwenden. Das Gesamtvolumen von über 600.000 Euro wird gemeinsam von Bund und Land finanziert. Langfristiges Ziel ist es, ein materialwissenschaftliches Institut vor Ort an der UNAM aufzubauen.

Beispielhaft soll an Akazienhölzern aufgezeigt werden, wie solche Biomasse genutzt werden kann, um nachhaltige, feuerfeste Baumaterialien herzustellen. In Namibia sind Akazien im Überfluss vorhanden und haben sich inzwischen zu einem ökologischen Problem entwickelt.

„Um einen Naturstoff in ein wirtschaftlich gewinnbringendes Material zu verwandeln, sind viele unterschiedliche Kompetenzen notwendig“, erklärt Günter Weber, Kaufmännischer Geschäftsführer des INM. Dies beginne bei der Analyse der unterschiedlichen Hölzer und führe über die eigentliche Werkstoff- und Produktentwicklung hin zur Vermarktung möglicher Produkte. Auch administrative Hürden müssten bewältigt werden, um ein derartiges Material zur Marktreife zu bringen. In diesem Zusammenhang stelle das INM Weiterbildungs- und Qualifizierungsangebote im Bereich der Materialwissenschaften bereit und vermittle auch betriebswirtschaftliche Expertise zum Aufbau eines eigenen Instituts an der UNAM.
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Klimascouts aus Namibia erkunden norddeutsche Natur
MK-Kreiszeitung, 19.08.16
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Arthur Rohlfing mit den namibischen Klimascouts der Namib High School in Swakopmund, als sie erfahren, dass sie nach Deutschland reisen werden. - Foto: Rohlfing / Sonnenkinderprojekt

Sulingen - Die Einwohner im Sulinger Land kennen Wald in unterschiedlichen Größen und Zusammenstellungen. Die Schüler der Namib High School in Swakopmund in Namibia nicht.

Für sie ist ein Wald eines der Dinge, die sie demnächst aber genauestens erkunden werden. Klimascouts von der Namib High School reisen im Rahmen einer besonderen Patenschaft in der kommenden Woche nach Deutschland.

Seit dem Jahr 2014 betreibt das „Sonnenkinderprojekt“ um Vorsitzenden, Gründer und Motor Arthur Rohlfing aus Schwaförden in Trägerschaft den Aufbau einer Nord-Süd-Partnerschaft für den Klimaschutz mit der Namib High School in Swakopmund in Namibia und dem Gymnasium in Sulingen.

„Es fanden in den Jahren 2014 und 2015 im Rahmen des Projektes an der Namib High School in Swakopmund in Namibia jeweils Klimawerkstätten statt“, erinnert Rohlfing. Teilnehmer waren Schülerinnen und Schüler beider Schulen. 

Lesen Sie auch hier: Bürgermeister empfängt Klimascouts aus Namibia, MK-Kreiszeitung 28.08.2016

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