Nam to hold ministerial side-meeting in New York

WINDHOEK: United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed Namibia’s plans to hold a side-event at this year’s UN General Assembly Session on Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women and Girls in crisis situations.

This is an appropriate follow-up since Namibia was president of the Security Council when that landmark resolution was adopted, Ban said during official talks with President Hifikepunye Pohamba at State House on Tuesday.

Pohamba announced during the meeting that Namibia will organise a ministerial side-meeting under the theme ‘Enhancing the Contribution of Women to Peace and Security’ on the margins of the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly from 16 September 2014.

“Our government is working closely with the UN Women’s Office on this and other matters of importance for the empowerment of women and gender equality. We look forward to hosting a UN Women’s Office in Namibia,” he beamed.

On his part, Ban indicated that he is leading a campaign around the world to end all forms of violence against women and children everywhere, including here.

“We must all take steps to change harmful gender norms, and support the empowerment of women and children,” he stated.

Ban said civil society and the United Nations are joining forces to raise awareness and to take action by observing Orange Day each month.

Orange Day is observed on the 25th of every month through worldwide activities by UN country offices and civil society organisations towards highlighting efforts to prevent and end violence against women and girls.

The UN chief afterwards left for Malabo, Equatorial Guinea on Wednesday afternoon to attend the 23rd Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU).