[Press Release] UN Day

Harare, 25 October 2011, In a statement to mark the UN Day celebrations in Zimbabwe, the United Nations Resident Coordinator to Zimbabwe Mr. Alain Noudehou, has called for solidifying the growing partnerships between the Government of Zimbabwe, the United Nations System, and Development Partners, including donors, civil society organisations, academic institutions, and the private sector, saying that in so doing,  “we will leverage the different resources, knowledge and expertise necessary to support the Government in meeting the country’s development objectives.”

He also commended the country for the launch of its Medium Term Plan (MTP) for 2011-2015 and for developing the MTP to achieve growth and ensure sustainable development towards the national vision of building a cohesive and prosperous nation.

The Resident Coordinator highlighted the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (ZUNDAF) 2012 – 2015, signed with the Government, which going forward, will strengthen the foundations and national capacities in various areas. These include: 1) Sustainable growth; 2) Basic social services; 3) Good governance; 4) Food security; 5) Environmental management and Agriculture; 6) Fighting HIV & AIDS; and 7) Gender equity.

Quoting the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon’s message on the occasion of UN Day, the Resident Coordinator said: “On this special day, let us recognize: Never has the United Nations been so needed. In our increasingly interconnected world, we all have something to give and something to gain by working together.  Let us unite, seven billion strong, in the name of the global common good.”

The UN Day is being celebrated in commemoration of the 66th year anniversary of the founding of the United Nations on 24 October 1945, and the entry into force on that day of the UN Charter. The global theme for this year’s celebration is UN Works 4 U and the particular theme for Zimbabwe is “Sustainable Development towards Achieving the Millennium Development Goals.”