By Staff Reporter
United Nations Secretary-General, Mr Ban Ki-Moon, accompanied by his wife, Mrs Yoo Soon-taek, and Senior Officials of the United Nations will pay an Official Visit to Namibia from 24 to 25 June 2014.
In a Press Release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Secretary-General is visiting Namibia on the invitation of His Excellency President Hifikepunye Pohamba to formally receive and open the United Nations House.
Mr. Ban Ki-Moon is the third Secretary-General to visit Namibia. First was,Mr. Javier Perez de Cuellar on the occasion of Namibia’s independence in 1990, followed by Mr Kofi Annan in 1997. “This visit is in recoginition of the active role of our country and the work of the United Nations, including our participation in Peacekeeping Operations.” read the statement.
Since independence, Namibia has continued to enjoy excellent relations with the United Nations, anchored on the critical role played by the United Nations in the decolonization of Namibia. Through the United Nations Development Programs and Agencies, Namibia has continued to benefit from the United Nations.
During his visit, Mr Ban Ki-Moon and H.E. President Pohamba will commission the UN House in Klein Windhoek, where all the UN Agencies are hosted under “one roof”, consistent with the UN policy of “Delivering as One”. “As the host Government, Namibia provides the United Nations with accommodation in the form of the UN House.”
The Secretary-General will have private and official talks with the Namibian President Pohamba where issues pertaining to international peace and security, including conflict situations currently ravaging some African countries. National social and economic issues as well as development issues will be discussed. These included the Post 2015 Development Agenda.
The Secretary-General is scheduled to visit places of national importance in Namibia.
The Secretary General will depart from Namibia on 25 June 2014.