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Zim celebrates UN 75th anniversary

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ZIMBABWE joined the rest of the world yesterday in celebrating the United Nation’s (UN) 75th anniversary, with the UN resident coordinator Maria Ribeiro calling for joint efforts to eradicate hunger, poverty and gender inequalities among other things.

Speaking during the celebrations held online, owing to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, Ribeiro said in Zimbabwe the UN celebrations were an opportunity to meet, reflect and recommit to the principles of the Charter of the UN and the organisation’s ambitions that we move towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the agenda 2030.

“At the centre of the UN Charter are the principles of universal human rights, peace and development.

“This mission is even more relevant today as countries address the Covid-19 pandemic, a colossal challenge.

“Years of hard-earned development gains are under threat of being undone.

“The pandemic has compelled us to convene and communicate in different ways.

“Covid-19 is also an opportunity for us to build better together and ensure that we do not lose sight of the sustainable development goals and a more inclusive society.

“The UN family in Zimbabwe has been supporting efforts to contain the covid-19 pandemic,” Ribeiro said.

“Covid-19 has come on top of challenges caused by climatic shocks and fragile economy. That is why the UN family in Zimbabwe continues to work with the government, civil society and other stakeholders on food security, gender equality, and economic resilience amongst other areas,” she added.

Speaking at the same event, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said the celebrations were time to take stock of the organisation’s achievements

“It’s also an opportunity to devise ways and means for redoubling efforts to overcome current and future challenges guided by the 75th anniversary theme The Future we Want: The United Nations we Need.

“On this momentous occasion I wish to applaud the strong collaboration between my government, the United Nations country team and other stakeholders who have teamed up to hold this virtual event which is a continuation of our engagement in the year-long United Nations at 75 activities,” Mnangagwa said.

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