The United Nations in Namibia

Namibia joined the United Nations on 23 April 1990 as its 160th member state. The UN has been a trusted partner to Namibia dating back to the time of independence. The United Nations in Namibia through its specialised agencies, funds and programmes work in collaboration with the Government of the Republic of Namibia (GRN) and Development Partners towards ending poverty, reduction of inequality and a path towards sustainable development.


Score launch
The UN-supported SCORE project in Namibia scales up resilience to climate variability and climate change in northern Namibia. Namibia is considered one of the few countries globally to be extremely susceptible to climate change.


  1. The United Nations Partnership Framework with the Government, (UNPAF) 2019-2023, outlines the joint support of UN agencies to the realisation of the country’s National Development Plan and Vision 2030. UNPAF reflects a strong emphasis on the principle of ‘Leave No One Behind’.
  2. The United Nations Partnership Framework (UNPAF) is aligned to the country’s development priorities which include: Vision 2030, Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP), the National Development Plan (NDP 5), Agenda 2063 as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other international treaties and conventions.
  3. Namibia's Human Development Index (HDI) for 2018 is 0.645— which put the country in the medium human development category—positioning it at 130 out of 189 countries and territories.The HDI is an average measure of basic human development achievements in the country.
  4. Namibia continues efforts to reach people with HIV testing and treatment. 77% of all adults living with HIV in Namibia are virally suppressed.
  5. Namibia is ranked 7th in the world with regard to the percentage of Women in Parliament.
  6. Namibia has made progress in poverty reduction over the last decade (2008 – 2018) from 28% to 17.4%.

The Sustainable Development Goals in Namibia

The Sustainable Development Goals are a global call to action to end poverty, protect the earth's environment and climate, and ensure that people everywhere can enjoy peace and prosperity. These are the goals the UN is working on in Namibia.