UN marks 75th anniversary

By Michael Uugwanga

NAMIBIA joined the rest of the world to mark the United Nations 75th anniversary on October 24 under the theme ‘The Future We Want, The UN We Need’.

The anniversary celebrations took place at IIleni Tulikwafeni Centre at Vyf Rand informal settlement in Okahandja.

Speaking at the occasion UN resident coordinator Sen Pang raised concern regarding the ongoing Gender-Based Violence (GBV), child labour, early child marriage, human trafficking, xenophobia, racism and discrimination as some of the issues that need to be curbed in order for the world to be a safer place.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has affected far more than our ability to attend this historic event in person and in numbers. It has pummelled our economies; it has pushed our healthcare systems to their limits, education has been disrupted risking our collective future; the most vulnerable have suffered most; women and girls face higher risks of exposure to gender-based violence and exploitation.

“Children are more at risk of child labour, child marriage and trafficking. Xenophobia, racism and discrimination on ethnic and religious grounds are on the rise. The socio-economic impacts are vast; but our ability to harness our strengths and tap into innovative solutions together; can bring forth the momentum for lasting change,” said Pang.

UN secretary-general António Guterres in his speech read by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) representative Farayi Zimudzi is urging global leaders to work together in order to end hunger.

“Around the world, we must do more to end human suffering from poverty, inequality, hunger and hatred – and fight discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender or any other distinction. The months of pandemic have seen a horrific rise in violence against women and girls,” said Guterres.

The office of the Otjozondjupa Regional Governor paid tribute to the continuing support from the UN.

Spokesperson Elvis Muraranganda who was speaking on behalf of the Governor James Unomasa Uerikua said:

“We are thankful for the work of the UN, an organisation we consider one of our most important partners.”

In a speech read on her behalf, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah called on all UN member states to recognise multilateralism.

“Tribute must be paid to the United Nations for its steadfast efforts throughout 75 years in the furtherance of peace and security, dialogue, development, prosperity for all, and for upholding the principles and values enshrined in the charter of the organisation,” said Nandi-Ndaitwah.