Zim, UN in $600 million development pact

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The United Nations, through the Zimbabwe United Nations Development Assistance Framework (Zundaf) has pledged $600 million for a four-year period to support national development priorities and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The United Nations country representative, Alain Noudehou, acknowledged that Zimbabwe had made notable achievements since the inception of the Global Political Agreement and the formation of the inclusive government.

“We have all witnessed progress with regards to the economic situation. Some gains have also been made with regards to the MDGs,” he said.

He however said some challenges were being noted in high incidences of poverty, child and maternal mortality, as well as rising unemployment levels.

“As you have seen in the document, Zundaf will cost a minimum of $600 million for a four-year period.
The United Nations therefore looks forward to engaging with development partners for improved resource mobilisation perspectives,” he said.

The United Nations Coordinator said the government needed to continue with key programmes and policies that have supported the on-going recovery momentum.

Zundaf will also focus on United Nations’ Country Team support on enhancing the foundations and national capacities in seven key areas that include good governance, food security, sustainable growth, basic social services, and environment, HIV and Aids and gender.

Noudehou signed on behalf of the UN country team while Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Misheck Sibanda signed on behalf of the government.