Windhoek, Namibia – Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, embarked on a two-day visit to Namibia on December 7, commemorating the grand opening of the New Embassy Compound in Windhoek. The visit showcased a series of engagements emphasizing collaboration, partnership, and a commitment to mutual growth and development.
The agenda commenced with a visit to the Katutura Health Center to gain insights into U.S. Government support for HIV prevention, care, and treatment services in Namibia. Accompanied by Dr. Ester Muinjangue, Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services, Ambassador Thomas- Greenfield’s visit to the center underscored the strong partnership between the United States and Namibian governments. The health-focused interactions also highlighted the progress through the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief initiative to support sustainable and equitable access to health, comprehensive HIV prevention and treatment support, education, and other essential social services.
Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield then met with Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah. The discussion encompassed pivotal topics such as democracy, financing for middle and upper-income countries, food security, energy, and the global advancement of the Women, Peace, and Security agenda. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield reiterated the unwavering support of the United States for Namibia’s continued growth and development.
During the New Embassy Compound opening ceremony, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield engaged with local food vendors, showcasing her renowned “Gumbo Diplomacy” — her signature style of breaking down barriers and making connections over a pot of her favorite dish popularized in her home state of Louisiana. Presented in collaboration with American chef Chris Williams, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield not only shared her words with New Embassy Compound opening participants but also her famous gumbo recipe, highlighting the rich flavors and heritage shared between the United States and Namibia. In addition to food, the event also featured several performances, including multiple musical acts by Ethnix, The Collective Choir, Gazza, and a dance by Native Pride Productions (a Native American dance group from the United States), celebrating the spirit of cultural exchange.
Continuing her commitment to fostering meaningful engagement, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield participated in a dynamic roundtable discussion with young leaders dedicated to democracy and civic education across various sectors, including government, civil society, and academia.
Looking ahead, Friday will witness a significant Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing between USAID Namibia and Chevron. This private-public collaboration will have Chevron commit $300,000 USD toward potable water and nutrition gardens, along with an additional $55,000 USD allocated for emergency drought relief targeting vulnerable women and children.
Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield will conclude her visit at Usib Primary School south of Windhoek, where she will discuss sustainable and innovative efforts to prevent food insecurity, including the impact of a partnership between the World Food Program and the Government of Namibia to engage local smallholder farmers to grow produce for use in a school feeding program.
Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s visit epitomizes the U.S. commitment to bolstering collaborations and partnerships with Namibia, fostering cultural exchange, advancing healthcare, and empowering the youth for a brighter, more resilient future.