UN engages communities and students on development issues

Harare, 4 August 2015 - The United Nations in Zimbabwe participated at the 2015 edition of the Zimbabwe International Book Fair (ZIBF) which was held from 29 July to 1 August 2015 in HararIMG_0774_coverInside_0.jpge Gardens.

As Zimbabwe’s premier book and publishing fair, ZIBF continues to be an important channel for the United Nations to engage and inform the public on the role and work of the UN System in Zimbabwe. In particular, this year marks important milestones including the United Nations’ 70th anniversary and the adoption of new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at the end of the year.

Visitors to the UN information stand represented a range of groups and an array of interests in the work of the UN System in Zimbabwe. The UN information stand engaged and provided information for all ages and interests. The various people engaged ranged from Gabriel Mchiborrise, a registered nurse, with aspirations of establishing an organization to safe guard the wellbeing of the child to Faith Tori, a student of journalism, interested in applying her skills through a United Nations’ internship to the level 3 class of Ardbennie Primary School, who were introduced to the United Nations for the first time by their teacher Ms. Gwasira. 

Held for the first time in 1983, the ZIBF is Zimbabwe’s longest-running book and publishing fair, showcasing a large and diverse annual exhibition of books, magazines, journals, CDs, DVDs as well as printing and publishing technology.