ZIMBABWE: UNITED NATIONS/SABANEWS/14/2/19 SABANews 1
HARARE – The new economic, socio and political dispensation in ZIMBABWE enjoys nonstop support from the global community, with the latest show of solidarity coming from the UNITED NATIONS itself.
The world body has retained NEPALESE national BISHOW PARAJULI in the economically devastated SADC country with his more than 33 years of experience in a variety of development areas.
A Statement by UN Mission Communications Specialist SIRAK GEBREHIWOT says Mr PARAJULI gained expertise in humanitarian, diplomatic, fund raising, coordination and management issues in ASIA, EUROPE, SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA and the MIDDLE EAST.
He became UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in SEPTEMBER 2014, but this THURSDAY he has presented his credentials, as the most high-ranking UN Representative, to President EMMERSON MNANGAGWA at State House in HARARE.
Mr GEBREHIWOT says the development is in line with events of ONE JANUARY 2019, when the UN System launched a global change for an improved and new Resident Coordinator System and UN Country Team – putting countries at the forefront.
He says UN Secretary General ANTONIO GUTERRES has made the appointment of Mr PARAJULI as part of efforts to implement this ongoing UNITED NATIONS reform agenda.
The world body adopted Resolution 72/279 at the 72ND session of its General Assembly to strengthen the authority and leadership of the Resident Coordinators as the highest-ranking representatives of the UNITED NATIONS development systems.
The envoys are to lead sustainable-development-focused UN country teams and system-wide accountability on the ground for implementing the UN Development Assistance Framework, as well as supporting countries in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
However, the promoted UN Resident Coordinator and the refreshed UN Country Team remain focused on sustainable development, with the eradication of poverty in all its forms and dimensions as their principal objective.
Mr GEBREHIWOT says the emphasis is consistent with the integrated nature of the 2030 Agenda, and in line with the UNITED NATIONS Development Assistance Framework.
With his new mandate, Mr PARAJULI will lead alignment of both UN agency programs and inter-agency pool funds for development with national development needs and priorities, as well as with the UN Development Assistance Framework, in consultation with the State.
Secretary General ANTONIO GUTERRES has also recently issued a statement to UN member nations on the rollout of the UN System Reform.
He says countries will be able to count on impartial and empowered Resident Coordinators – fully devoted to the needs required to fulfil the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, drawing on experience, skills and knowledge across the UN system.
Mr GUTERRES says UN Country Teams on the ground will now be better able to tailor their presence, capacities, skills sets, and overall responses to priorities of the host nations.
Before Secretary General GUTERRES appointed him to lead the newly reformed UN System in ZIMBABWE, Mr BISHOW PARAJULI has been UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Representative in ZIMBABWE since 16 SEPTEMBER 2014.
He has led UN cooperation with the government, donors, civil society, communities, the media, and other partners to new heights; including a new strategic engagement under the 2016 to 2020 UN Development Assistance Framework, focusing on SIX national priorities.
The priority areas are poverty reduction, social services, gender equality, HIV and AIDS, food and nutrition security, and good governance, and they have led to the successful mobilization of 400-MILLION US dollars yearly for the past THREE years.
Results from the schemes include resilience building for 830-THOUSAND people in 23 rural districts, giving cash and food aid to TWO-POINT-TWO-MILLION vulnerable people, as well as introducing climate smart agriculture.
The development partners have further helped expand agro-businesses and irrigation infrastructures, as well as linking women to domestic and regional markets.
ZIMBABWE also now has independent institutions, including the Election Commission, the Human Rights Commission, the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission, and the Gender Commission.
The UN Mission statement says the established authorities are meant to promote peace, reconciliation, and contribute to efforts to enhance democracy and human rights in the SADC country.
It says the world body has helped the nation to fulfil its reporting obligations to human rights mechanisms like the Universal Periodic Review, and to implement rights recommendations and development goals, with a view to enhance human rights and development.
The UN has also been actively engaged on national initiatives to end child marriages and gender-based violence, ensuring access to education of children with disabilities and providing books to TWO-POINT-FIVE-MILLION pupils.
It has further helped more than 300-THOUSAND poor households – especially child headed – with cash transfer consistently, and more than THREE-POINT-SIX-MILLION people in rural and semi-urban areas have received water and sanitation services.
In response to the HIV pandemic, more than ONE-MILLION people have been successfully put on antiretroviral treatment, allowing them to lead a productive life and make the country ONE of the leaders in such efforts internationally.
The world body says it has been responding proactively to emerging humanitarian crises caused by recurrent droughts, floods and outbreaks such as cholera and typhoid in the country.
The UN has worked with ZIMBABWE and development partners to find lasting solutions by building national capacities for disaster risk management, early warning systems, as well as resilience building of communities to withstand shocks and effects of climate change.
The repositioning of Mr PARAJULI as the most high-ranking UN Representative comes as ZIMBABWE is reeling under biting AMERICAN and BRITISH economic sanctions that have left the country on its knees and facing opposition-led social unrest./Sabanews/cam