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Columbia World Leaders Forum - Dr. Hage G. Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia

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This World Leaders Forum program features an address by His Excellency Dr. Hage G. Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia, titled, Transparency and Governance Reforms in Africa, Development Reforms and Constitutional Democracy, followed by a question and answer session with the audience.

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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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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...

Namibia Conference discussed enhancing resilience to drought in Africa

From crisis response towards strategic and sustainable approach

drought resilience conference whd18 August 2016, Windhoek - A first African Drought Conference was held under the auspices of the African Union in Windhoek, Namibia, from 15-18 August, as a follow-up to the High-level Meeting on National Drought Policies (HMNDP), organized by FAO, WMO and UNCCD Secretariat, in 2013, in Geneva, Switzerland.

It shed the spotlight on the necessity for Africa to place a “Strategic Framework for Drought Risk Management and Enhancing Resilience in Africa” high on its development agenda.

The conference was organized by the Government of Namibia and UNCCD Secretariat, with FAO’s support, and attended by over 300 participants, including country delegates, regional economic groups as well as development organizations and financing agencies.

Addressing a High-level Segment of the First African Drought Conference on “Enhancing Resilience to Drought Events on the African Continent”, Namibian President Dr. Hage Geingob called on partners to collaborate in drought management and serve the needs of communities and farmers. He gave the assurance of the Government of Namibia that it will continue to work with FAO in this area.

In a speech read on behalf of the Director-General of FAO, José Graziano da Silva, FAO Representative in Namibia, Mr Babagana Ahmadu, warned of dire consequences if Africa failed to be proactive in drought management, adding that “failure to adopt proactive drought risk management policies would jeopardize our efforts to meet the challenge of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the Malabo Commitments.” Please, click here to continue reading....

Drought Resilience Declaration


The African Drought Conference hosted by the government of Namibia ended with adaption of “The Windhoek Declaration for Enhancing Resilience to Drought in Africa” on 19 August. The declaration states the commitments to implement the Strategic Framework for Drought Risk Management and Enhancing Resilience in Africa; to establish a continent-wide African Network with national institutions for Drought Monitoring and Early Warning Systems; and to convene biennial African Drought Conference to be held concurrently with the African Drylands Week to consider progress of the implementation of the Strategy adopted in Windhoek in August 2016, in order to promote investment among others.

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