Zimbabwe Presents Latest MDG Progress Report

The 2012 Zimbabwe MDG Progress Report was presented in Harare on 29 May 2013 in the presence of 250 representatives from Government, UN, donors, Civil Society Organizations, academia and the media. 

The report, presented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Economic Planning and Investment Promotion, Dr. Desire Sibanda, assesses poverty reduction, economic growth, productive employment, the participation of women in decision-making, maternal and child health, HIV and AIDS, environmental sustainability, and global partnerships.

The Report shows that the country has made positive gains on universal primary education, achieving gender equality in schools, and in fighting HIV/AIDS. Some of the MDG challenges that the country faces are in MDG1: eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, and MDG5 on improving maternal mortality. Currently, the maternal mortality rate at 960 per 100000 live births, approximately double that of the sub-Saharan average.

Noting that 40% of maternal deaths are not caused by medical issues but are related to behavior issues and social status, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Alain Noudehou said, “It is unacceptable for our sisters, daughters and mothers to die while giving life”. 

The 2012 MDG Progress Report was made possible through a consultative process involving Government, the United Nations, International Development Agencies, Private Sector, Academia and Research Institutions, as well as Civil Society Organizations.

In his keynote address, Deputy Chief Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet, Dr Ray Ndhlukula said Government remained committed to achieving the set MDG targets.

The Report also reflects on the Post-2015 development agenda by noting that the new approach will seek to include critical problems that affect all communities, such as the plight of the poor; political, social and economic stability; inequality; as well as peace and security.

The Resident Coordinator said: “For the UN, the overall objective is to help Member States arrive at a unified set of concise, clear and measurable development goals that keep poverty reduction at the core and, at the same time, recognize and address broader and ambitious sustainable development challenges.”

During the presentation event, an Accelerated Action Plan for MDG 2 (Achieving Universal Primary Education) was also presented.

Read the statement by the UN Resident Coordinator