[Joint UNCT Statement] UN and Government Engage Media on UN Day

The United Nations Country Team jointly with the Government of Zimbabwe hosted a Media Breakfast to celebrate the 67th anniversary of the United Nations on 24 October in Harare.  

At the event, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Alain Noudehou underlined the increasing importance of the global body, saying that over the years, the UN has provided indispensable platforms to tackle complex transnational challenges. These challenges include poverty eradication, promoting human rights, peace and security, and providing humanitarian assistance.

Describing the media as an important partner in the country’s development process, the UN Resident Coordinator urged journalists to remain engaged through promoting objective and professional reporting.

On his part the Deputy Chief Secretary at the Office of the President and Cabinet, Dr. Ray Ndhlukula expressed the Government’s determination to deepen the existing partnership and collaboration with the UN Country Team. “The United Nations has contributed socially, politically and economically to the betterment of the world, particularly our country [Zimbabwe] benefited from the technical and financial assistance,” said Ndhlukula. He further added, “The UN family has been open, recognizes national ownership, and is mutually respectful in our joint development and humanitarian endeavors.”

Through the Zimbabwe UN Development Assistance Framework for 2012-2015, the UN continues to provide support to the country in the areas of:

• Pro-poor sustainable growth and economic development
• Food security at household and national levels.
• Access to and utilisation of quality basic social services for all
• Good governance for sustainable development
• Universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support
• Women’s empowerment, gender equality and equity

UN Agencies, through the Humanitarian Country Team, also coordinate and provide assistance to the vulnerable in response to humanitarian needs.  The UN is currently preparing to assist 1.6 million food insecure people during the lean season of 2012 and 2013.

During the event, the UN Country Team and the Government Representative responded to media queries on issues including: Zimbabwe’s progress on the MDGs; Sustainable Development and Post 2015 development agenda; UN support to the constitution making process and upcoming elections; UN assistance to climate change adaptation; as well as agricultural input support to increase food production. 

The media breakfast was attended by some 70 representatives from Government, United Nations, and the media.

Read the statement by the UN Resident Coordinator

Read the statement by the Deputy Chief Secretary at the Office of the President and Cabinet