UNITED NATIONS-- President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Thursday delivered his inaugural address to the United Nations General Assembly, briefing world leaders on strategies being employed by Zimbabwe to improve socio-economic conditions in line with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

President Mnangagwa was making his maiden appearance at the annual gathering of leaders at the world body after assuming office in November last year following the resignation of long-time leader Robert Mugabe. He won the presidential election eight months later, securing his first five-year term of office.

President Mnangagwa said the summit theme, Making the UN relevant to all people: Global leadership and shared responsibilities for peaceful, equitable and sustainable societies, resonated well with the UN's Agenda 2030 , a collection of 17 global goals set by the UN General Assembly which aim to transform the world by 2030.

I am pleased to report that Zimbabwe has made substantial progress in the implementation of some of the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular with regards to ensuring food security, he said.

Through our people-centred policies and planned programmes, complemented by private sector financing and investments, farmers receive inputs, equipment and technical support. In a bid to improve nutrition and broaden income opportunities, we have also extended support to grow the livestock, fisheries and wildlife sectors.

This is one example of innovation, creativity and home grown solutions in addressing key developmental and economic challenges in spite of the continued illegal sanctions imposed on our country. We call for their immediate and unconditional removal. Meanwhile, we look forward to the first overall review of mplementation of the SDGs to be held under the auspices of the General Assembly in 2019.

President Mnangagwa said he was confident that these multi-pronged programmes would accelerate Zimbabwe's re-entry into the global economy and associated value chains.