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The Zambia-UN Sustainable Development Partnership, which runs from 2016 to 2021, replaces the Zambia-UN Development Assistance Framework which started in 2011 and comes to an end next month.

Zambia mapThe partnership framework, valued at 806 million U.S. dollars, will be implemented with the support of the UN in Zambia.

“The new partnership framework pushes us to reach out to new and existing partners in a different way, to bring sustainable development to the heart of communities and to work together to unlock sustainable economic and social transformation,” Janet Rogan, UN Resident Coordinator, said after the signing ceremony.

The signing of the agreement, she said, comes after 18 months of negotiations between the two parties.

She further said the partnership framework reflects a high level of ambition of the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 adopted by 193 leaders in September this year during the UN General Assembly conference.

The partnership, she said, would reach a large number of people still marginalized in the African nation and are vulnerable through poverty, discrimination, ignorance or prejudice.

Zambian Vice President Inonge Wina, who signed on behalf of the government, said the agreement marks another chapter in enhancing the cooperation between the country and the UN.

Wina expressed thanks to the UN for being a reliable partner, adding that the success of the partnership framework would depend on governance structures to be put in place.

The partnership will focus on three areas including inclusive social development, environmentally sustainable and inclusive economic development as well as governance and participation. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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