UN Intensifies Campaign for SDGs Reporting

Nyanga, 9 May 2017 The United Nations, UN Mission in Zimbabwe has gathered about 30 journalists in the Eastern Zimbabwe region of Manicaland to discuss ways the media can help the SADC country recover economically.IMG_3610rev.JPG

The massive land reforms launched in 2000 forced white farmers to withdraw their capital from both agriculture and the manufacturing sectors, leaving the national coffers empty and industry at a standstill.

Loss of jobs, droughts over the years, as well as lack of inputs to work the seized land for food production, consequently plunged the country into serious developmental problems – including political and social discord.

However, the UN has come up with the Zimbabwe United Nations Development Assistance Framework, ZUNDAF, covering the years 2016 to 2020, to help cushion the situation.

The gathering editors and reporters, from both State run as well as privately owned broadcast and print news outlets, including SABANEWS, are mixing with high-ranking officials from different arms of the world body working in SIX clusters.

The Communications Specialist in the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator, Sirak Gebrehiwot says they will discuss Food and nutrition; Social services and protection; Poverty reduction and value addition; HIV and AIDS; Gender equality; as well as Public administration and governance.

Sirak Gebrehiwot says Zimbabwe has so far benefitted from about USD 403 million in the first year of ZUNDAF, a scheme costed at about USD 1.6 billion dollars.

He says the ongoing media workshop aims to make journalists appreciate the work under the program, and enable them to report with awareness of the developmental and humanitarian aspects involved.

UN Resident Coordinator, Bishow Parajuli has welcomed the delegates to the FOUR-day-long gathering at the Troutbeck Inn resort in Nyanga District, saying the UN is committed to working with journalists.

He says the ZUNDAF Program can be a huge success if news people are fully involved because the media make things happen.

The UN Zimbabwe Mission Chief is one of the officials and experts invited to address the media workshop, which ends on THURSDAY./Sabanews/cam