UN Secretary-General in Namibia

WINDHOEK: United Nations’ Secretary-General (SG) Ban Ki-moon arrived in Namibia on Tuesday.

Ban, accompanied by his wife Yoo Ban Soontaek, touched down with a United Nations’ (UN) jet at the Eros Airport at about 13h00.

He was received by Defence Minister Nahas Angula, Minister of Youth, National Service, Sports and Culture Jerry Ekandjo, members of the diplomatic corps and UN country representatives in Namibia.

Various cultural groups entertained the visitors at the airport.

Ban is in the country to officially commission the UN House here, and while here he will meet President Hifikepunye Pohamba and other high-ranking government officials.

The UN House in Namibia hosts 12 agencies, funds and programmes, which work in collaboration with the Namibian Government.

A briefing session of all UN staff in Namibia will also be undertaken during Ban’s visit.

On Wednesday, the UN SG will visit key landmarks – including the Heroes’ Acre – for a special wreath-laying ceremony.

The Heroes’ Acre is a national symbol created to foster the spirit of patriotism and nationalism, and to pass on a legacy to future generations.

The wreath-laying ceremony is an honour reserved for visiting Heads of State only, and the SG’s role herein is of great symbolic importance for the UN and the Namibian government’s bilateral relations.

This will be followed by a visit to the Independence Museum, key to Namibia’s national history.

Ban will leave for Malabo, Equatorial Guinea on Wednesday afternoon to attend the 23rd Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU).

He will address the Summit on Thursday, and furthermore hold bilateral meetings with Heads of State and other high-ranking officials.

While Ban undertakes bilateral talks with the Namibian Head of State, his wife will accompany Health Minister Dr Richard Kamwi on a tour of the Katutura Intermediate Hospital, as well as the anti-retroviral therapy (ART) Clinic and Maternity Ward at the Windhoek Central Hospital.

She is also scheduled to visit the Windhoek Central Hospital’s Paediatric Cancer Ward.