Zimbabwe Signs New Cooperation Agreement with UN

The Zimbabwean government and the United Nations have signed the Zimbabwe United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework for the years 2022-2026, which will aid the country’s efforts to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

The Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr. Misheck Sibanda, and UN Resident Coordinator Maria Ribeiro presided over the signing and inauguration of the Zimbabwe United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework 2022-2026. Prof. Hubert Gijzen, UNESCO Regional Director for Southern Africa, was present at the signing ceremony, along with other UN Country Team members and government officials. 

Dr. Misheck Sibanda, speaking during the signing event, expressed gratitude to the United Nations for its support in assisting Zimbabwe’s growth in the face of numerous challenges. 

He used the occasion to send Ms. Rebeiro farewell, as her time of office comes to an end this year, and asked the UN team to carry on the legacy of her hard work, which saw the UN mobilize US$400 million for Zimbabwe’s agriculture, climate adaption, and health needs. 

The UN Resident emphasized the necessity of the UN’s programs being aligned with the country’s development plans. 

The United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework for Zimbabwe (ZUNSDCF) for the years 2022-2026 outlines the UNCT’s strategic involvement with Zimbabwe to help the country achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

The ZUNSDCF, which is based on Zimbabwe’s National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1) 2021-2025, includes a common commitment to leave no one behind by achieving measurable results that promote inclusive participation and reach the individuals who are normally left behind. 

The ZUNSDCF, which has been fully owned by the government throughout the process, is the outcome of intensive consultations with a wide variety of key stakeholders, whose views helped define the strategic priorities and implementation modalities. 

As Zimbabwe attempts to recover better and stronger from the effects of the COVID-19 epidemic, the ZUNSDCF lays forth an ambitious plan to accelerate development progress during the Decade of Action. 

Fully aware of the need to act, the ZUNSDCF is the vehicle through which the UNCT, in collaboration with the Zimbabwean government and other stakeholders, will provide transformative support to promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, gender equality, human rights, and climate action. 

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