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The UN and the Government of Sweden, yesterday signed a three- year (2015-2017) co-operation agreement to the tune of $1,5 million towards supporting poverty alleviation and national development programmes in Zimbabwe.

Speaking at the signing ceremony in Harare, UN Resident Co-ordinator Mr Bishop Parajuli, said the partnership helped the UN systems to deliver better on development programmes in line with the Zim-Asset.

“The support will be key in enhancing the impact, efficiency and effectiveness of the UN system to jointly deliver on development programmes in line with Zim-Asset. We are here to make a difference, to support people’s efforts to lead better lives,” he said.

Swedish Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Lars Ronnas, said the signing of the agreement was meant to strengthen UN impact for development results in Zimbabwe.

“This co-operation agreement compliments efforts by all entities of the UN system in Zimbabwe to achieve concrete results under the Zimbabwe UN Development Assistance Framework ZUNDAF in support of Zim-Asset.

“Our support to the UN emanates from a g belief that a robust, more co-ordinated and efficient UN system is critical to provide support to national efforts in uplifting vulnerable communities out of poverty,” he said.

Mr Ronnas said the Swedish Government had since 2012 channelled over $40 million through Unicef in support of the development programmes in Zimbabwe. Director of Multilateral Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador David Hamadziripi said Zimbabwe was grateful for the continuous support.

“Sweden has always been a partner of Zimbabwe on a bilateral base and we are pleased as it continues to strengthen and coordinate activities in Zimbabwe. The donation is a clear sign of Swedish Government’s commitment towards Zimbabwe’s development,” he said.

Source : The Herald