By Colette Musanyera
GOVERNMENT is grateful to its development partners for supporting recovery projects in Chimanimani and Chipinge in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai.
Cooperation between government and the United Nations has been amply demonstrated in Manicaland through various projects being implemented by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in the education sector after the devastating Cyclone Idai of 2019.
“We are grateful as people of Manicaland for the success story at Runyararo Settlement, a new site which was established at the former Westend Farm to resettle people who were displaced by Cyclone Idai. This is one case in point of government and UN profitable cooperation which started with the provision of temporary tents at Kopa and Ngangu to the displaced and final permanent modern homesteads at Runyararo for the victims.
“I would like to applaud the UN for its immense support the province in the fight against COVID-19. In collaboration with the government through the ministry of health and child care, UN through WHO has helped resourcing our health institutions to combat COVID-19,” said Cde Nokuthula Matsikenyere, Manicaland Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution.
UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr Edward Kallon highlighted the importance of the media in national development.
“Media plays an important role in national development. UN appreciates the role of media in raising awareness on pertinent issues like that of climate change. For example, when Cyclone Idai hit Manicaland, media worked tirelessly to ensure there was mass messaging which resulted in overwhelming national and international response,” said Mr Kallon.
Zimbabwe and the United Nations launched Zim-UN Sustainable Development Cooperation 2022-2026, which articulates the strategic engagement of the UN Country Team to support the country in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).