Thursday, 23 February 2012

UN systems in Zambia advises Zambia to utilize the visit of its secretary general ban-ki-moon

The United Nations (UN) systems in Zambia has advise Zambia to utilize the visit of its secretary general ban-ki-moon by show casing major achievement it has made in achieving economic strides in various sectors such tourism, millennium development goals (MDG’s), and good governance.
United nations resident coordinator in Zambia kani wignaraja has observed that Zambia is taking meaningful steps towards improving the lives of its people, including maintaining high economic growth, holding peaceful elections and making significant progress on achieving some of the MDG’s.
Mrs. wignaraja says the visit by Mr. ban is an opportunity for Zambia to take pride in these achievements and accelerating efforts at poverty reduction, addressing gender inequalities and the country’s response to climate change and its preparation for rio+20 and show case them on a global scale
The UN country resident coordinator says the un is committed to supporting the government and its people in their efforts to realize the goals of the national development plan and vision 2030.
She says in 2011, the un disbursed over $110million in grant assistance to Zambia adding that the un in Zambia works together in five key areas to promote Zambia’s development such as HIV/AIDS, sustainable livelihoods, human development, climate change, environment and disaster risk reduction and governance and gender equality.
Mrs. wignaraja said this, this morning during a media briefing in Lusaka on Mr. ban’s visit to Zambia.
The un secretary general is expected to arrive in the country at about 14:50hours at the Kenneth Kaunda international airport and is expected to address a special parliamentary session at about 17hours tomorrow.
While in Zambia Mr. Ban will dialogue with human rights clubs hosted by schools in Livingstone and take part in “a tourism for development event”, before visiting the Victoria Falls Park.
He will visit a UN supported initiative that uses life skills and sports to reach and inspire vulnerable children, including children who live and work on the streets.
Mr. Ban with Jacques rogge the president of the international Olympic committee (IOC) will also visit the Olympic youth development centre, a pilot project of the IOC committee within its sports for hope programme

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