Development must top UN work: ED

by Mapozho Saruchera

President Emmerson Mnangagwa urged the United Nations to place development at the center of its work as it plays an important role in preventing hunger, deprivation and ultimately conflict. He made these remarks while giving his inaugural address at the General Debate of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly yesterday in New York, United States of America.

The General Debate was held under the theme, “Making the UN relevant to all people: Global leadership and shared responsibilities for a peaceful, equitable and sustainable society.”

The President said this year’s theme resonates well with the mantra of the Agenda 2030, namely to leave no one behind.

“Also at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a promise to end all forms of poverty. This shared vision and common destiny requires us to put all our hands on deck in order to meet the ambitious targets and create a better world.” said the President.

He added that eradication of poverty is at the top of the developing world’s agenda.

Turning to Zimbabwe’s efforts eradicate poverty, the President said the country had made substantial progress in the implementation of some the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular with regards to ensuring food security.

“Through our people centered policies and planned programmes, complemented by private sector financing and investments; farmers receive inputs, equipment and technical support.”

In a bid to improve nutritional and broaden income opportunities, we have also extended support to grow the livestock, fisheries and wildlife sectors.” said the President.