He said that being part of UNESCO carries a lot of benefits, noting that the UN agency produces a wide variety of reports by world-renowned experts who are contracted to do in-depth studies. He added that UNESCO is the largest global platform for international engagements, therefore a country has to be part of the organisation to make an effective impact.
During the Conference, the Commission considered the adoption of the Draft Natural Sciences Programme and Budget for 2018-2021 and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission. The establishment of category 2 centres under the auspices of UNESCO: International Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2018-2030), and the UNESCO Strategy for Action on Climate Change, were also considered. Namibia was further elected to the Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee (IGBC), Intergovernmental Council of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), and the Working Group on Voting Rights.
Currently, NUST hosts the prestigious UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Water Research from Climate Adaptation in Arid Environments for the next four years. The Chair will function as a regional initiative for UNESCO through its International Hydrological Programme (IHP) and will play a key role in providing research on how government, institutions and communities can sustainably manage and ensure easier access to clean water and sanitation.