Marianne Young » High Commissioner, Windhoek

Royal Navyl backdrop helps showcase British security and prosperity excellence in Namibia

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This week’s 3-day visit of HMS Portland – one of the Royal Navy’s Type 23 Anti-Submarine Warfare Frigates – to the port of Walvis Bay provided a great opportunity to showcase British military, security and prosperity excellence in Namibia as well as the UK’s diversity accomplishments. As the UK’s first female British High Commissioner to the Republic of Namibia, I was particularly proud to welcome the ship’s captain, Commander Sarah … Read more »Royal Navyl backdrop helps showcase British security and prosperity excellence in Namibia

UN International Women’s Day 2014 – Guest Blog on Gender Based Violence by Yolande Engelbrecht, Legal Assistance Centre (LAC)

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08 March is the 103rd UN International Women’s Day (IWD).  Protection of women’s rights is one of six key human rights priorities for the UK. The FCO has made strong statements on Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) and on sexual violence in conflict. The UK is hosting a Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict on 10-13 June in London.  In doing so, we all should bear in … Read more »UN International Women’s Day 2014 – Guest Blog on Gender Based Violence by Yolande Engelbrecht, Legal Assistance Centre (LAC)

A touch of the Highlands in the desert: The Commonwealth Queen’s baton comes to Namibia

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The Queen’s Commonwealth baton has just spent a fun two days in Namibia as part of its journey through 70 of the world’s Commonwealth countries on its way to the start of the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July.   The British High Commission was delighted to play a part in the festivities in its role as representing the Game’s host nation – and used the occasion to celebrate … Read more »A touch of the Highlands in the desert: The Commonwealth Queen’s baton comes to Namibia

Happy New Year from the British High Commissioner to Namibia

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Happy New Year to everyone – both in Namibia and further afield. I hope you all had a chance to enjoy the good company of family and friends over the festive season, to enjoy some fireworks and frolics wherever you were, and have come back refreshed and ready for the year to come. 2014 already looks set to be an exciting one for UK-Namibian relations. Namibian Prime Minister Hage Geingob met … Read more »Happy New Year from the British High Commissioner to Namibia

Taking a Stand: British support for Human Rights activities in Namibia

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16 October marks international Blog Action Day which has a “Human Rights” theme this year. The British High Commission in Windhoek has a proud history of supporting local organisations focusing on human rights issues in Namibia. Since my own arrival here in mid 2011, I have particularly enjoyed working with the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a non government public interest law organisation, whose main objective is to protect the human … Read more »Taking a Stand: British support for Human Rights activities in Namibia

Visit to Namibia’s latest World Heritage Site in the Namib Desert

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Namibia is a country blessed with magnificent scenery, wonderful warm people and a terrific climate. It is also now blessed with two World Heritage sites after the recent UNESCO naming of the Namib Sand Sea as the country’s latest addition to this eminent international grouping and marks its first natural site. Namibia’s other World Heritage site is at Twyfelfontein , which has one of the largest concentrations of rock engravings … Read more »Visit to Namibia’s latest World Heritage Site in the Namib Desert

Visiting drought stricken areas in northern Namibia

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Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba declared a national emergency on 17 May in response to the country’s failed rains and worsening drought situation. An estimated 330,000 people have now been classified as food insecure – 14 % of Namibia’s total population of 2.3m, with an additional 447,577 classified as moderately food insecure. The drought hit especially hard in Namibia’s north west Kunene Region, which had suffered two years of lack of … Read more »Visiting drought stricken areas in northern Namibia

Guest Blog by 2012/13 Namibian Chevening scholar Jennifer Kandjii

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My experience as a Chevening Scholar: From Osire to London   By: Jennifer Kandjii A famous quote by Saint Augustin states that ‘the world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.’ This quote among others on travelling, exposure and in general academia has been the driving force in my life. Working for UNHCR as Field Associate in the Osire Refugee Settlement, Namibia, I was excited … Read more »Guest Blog by 2012/13 Namibian Chevening scholar Jennifer Kandjii

An Anglo-German labour of love, devotion and educational excellence in northern Namibia

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    I have just spent the most fascinating evening with a remarkable Anglo-German family in Kunene Province, north western Namibia, en route to the far north to see the effect of this year’s drought emergency. Gillian and Reiner Stommel are based five hours drive north of Windhoek where they run Otjikondo School, which they founded in 1990 for underprivileged children.   Finding out how this hard-working farming couple from … Read more »An Anglo-German labour of love, devotion and educational excellence in northern Namibia

Passing on the Olympic baton to Brazil at Windhoek special needs school

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I ended this week on a really high note at an event at Dagbreek School in Windhoek where I handed over an Olympic torch to the Brazilian Ambassador to mark the one year anniversary of the London 2012 Games. It is incredible to think that what we proudly call last year’s ‘Greatest Sporting Show on Earth’ already took place 12 months ago. It was a fantastic time for my capital … Read more »Passing on the Olympic baton to Brazil at Windhoek special needs school