UN teams up with Zimpapers for SDGs

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23 February 2018, Harare - The United Nations in Zimbabwe and Zimpapers Group have joined forces to advance the Transformative Agenda 2030 and achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Zimbabwe.

Speaking at a UN-Zimpapers round table in Harare, the UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Bishow Parajuli said, “The SDGs require massive mobilisation of communities and resources. The Zimpapers Group has a great role to play in setting a positive, hopeful and constructive agenda to facilitate dialogue for a prosperous Zimbabwe, that’s open for business.”

The meeting was held to formalize and scale up collaboration in the areas of joint advocacy on pertinent development, economic, social and human rights issues underpinned in the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and its 17 Global Goals that Zimbabwe has fully embraced to guide its economic recovery and national development processes.

The United Nations Development System supports the existence of a strong media that provides independent, investigative, and analytical reporting on development, humanitarian, and social issues and has long collaborated with the media fraternity through regular and consistent training and programming on humanitarian and development reporting, such as the “Media4SDGs” workshop held in May 2017.

“With a monthly readership of 4 million and 10.7 million reach online, we at Zimpapers Group believe that the communities should not be a passive audience but active participants,” said Zimpapers Group CEO Mr. Pikirai Deketeke. “We value our partnership with the United Nations in Zimbabwe and look forward to taking our relationship to the next level.”

This collaboration has been instrumental in showcasing the work of the UN and its engagement and contributions to national development priorities and humanitarian challenges in Zimbabwe, underpinned in the ZUNDAF 2016-2020 as highlighted by members of the UN team at the meeting around the areas of social services, food and nutrition security, gender equality, HIV and AIDS, poverty reduction and value addition and public administration and governance.

“We are now ready to scale up this collaboration with the Zimpapers Group in empowering people with timely information, featuring beneficiaries directly affected by development programming, particularly in the rural areas, and information that highlights innovation and shows community gains,” said Mr. Parajuli.

The round table meeting concluded with the UN team and the Zimpapers group agreeing to sign a memorandum of understanding in March this year formalizing the collaboration on development communications and advocacy.