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HARARE, Feb 28 (NNN-NEW ZIANA) -- The United Nations system in Zimbabwe is geared to support the new administration and is exploring ways to deepen cooperation to achieve set development targets, says the UN's resident co-ordinator, Bishow Parajuli.

He told journalists after meeting Vice-President Kembo Mohadi here Tuesday that the UN was geared to

assist Zimbabwe achieve its development objectives. In response to the new dispensation we have been looking into various areas to revamp our support to the government in looking at a new way of prioritizing UN work and support the new dispensation, he added.

Zimbabwe went through leadership changes last November when a new administration led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa took over from that of former President Robert Mugabe. The UN system had in the past been working with the former government under the auspices of the Zimbabwe United Nations Development Assistance Framework under which needs in various priority areas were addressed.

The areas include poverty reduction, social services, governance, gender and HIV.

We briefed him on the work the UN system is doing in Zimbabwe and also on the future areas of cooperation that we will be working on and we specifically talked about the area that the Vice-President is covering, the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC), said Parajuli.

He said through its experiences gained from dealing with similar circumstances, the UN system would aid Zimbabwe's peace and reconciliation processes.

The NPRC is currently conducting hearings across the country, gathering public opinion on ways to address divisions and conflict.

Vice-President Mohadi expressed appreciation for the work UN agencies have been doing to support the government's development efforts. We discussed about peace. They are assisting us in the NPRC. We exchanged ideas on how to do it and how to achieve success, he said. -- NNN-NEW ZIANA

Source: NAM News Network