I would like to thank Ms Maria Rebeiro for her commitment to improving the livelihoods of the people of Zimbabwe in the face of natural disasters
HARARE, Zimbabwe, October 22, 2021 / APO Group / –
The government of Zimbabwe and the United Nations have signed the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework for Zimbabwe 2022-2026 which will support the country’s efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The official signing and launch of the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework in Zimbabwe 2022-2026 was chaired by Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr Misheck Sibanda and United Nations Resident Coordinator, Maria Ribeiro . UNESCO’s Regional Director for Southern Africa, Professor Hubert Gijzen, attended the signing ceremony along with other members of the United Nations country team and government officials.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Dr Misheck Sibanda said Zimbabwe was grateful for the United Nations support for the development of the country in the face of various challenges.
“I would like to thank Ms Maria Rebeiro for her commitment to improving the livelihoods of the people of Zimbabwe in the face of natural disasters such as cyclone, droughts and the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr Misheck Sibanda.
He took the opportunity to bid farewell to Ms. Rebeiro whose term ends this year and urged the United Nations team to continue the legacy of its hard work which has enabled the UN to mobilize 400 million. US dollars for the promotion of agriculture, climate adaptation and health needs. for Zimbabwe.
The UN resident stressed the importance of aligning UN programs with the country’s development strategies.
“In the same spirit of achieving the SDGs, climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic are opportunities for us to do better by aligning the programmed NDS1 country with the UN instruments in terms of resource mobilization and financing ”, Ms. Maria Ribeiro.
The United Nations Cooperation Framework for Sustainable Development in Zimbabwe 2022-2026 (ZUNSDCF) articulates the strategic engagement of the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Zimbabwe to help the country achieve the Sustainable Development Goals ( ODD).
Grounded in Zimbabwe’s 2021-2025 National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1) 2021-2025, the ZUNSDCF sums up the shared commitment to leave no one behind by delivering concrete results that ensure inclusive participation and reach those typically left behind.
The ZUNSDCF, with full government ownership throughout the process, is the result of extensive consultations involving a wide range of key stakeholders whose contributions have helped define strategic priorities and implementation modalities.
ZUNSDCF presents an ambitious agenda to accelerate development progress during the Decade of Action as Zimbabwe strives to recover better and stronger from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fully aware of the urgency to act, the ZUNSDCF represents the vehicle through which the UNCT, in partnership with the Government of Zimbabwe and other stakeholders, will provide transformative support that fosters inclusive and sustainable economic growth, gender equality, human rights and climate action.
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