un.jpgThe United Nations has pledged its continued commitment to support Zimbabwe in addressing the country’s development challenges and has underscored the need for an improved sustainable environment to foster development.

This emerged during the launch of a United Nations report on sustainability and equity running under the theme, ‘A better future for all’.

In its annual Human Development Report, the United Nations Development Program Resident Coordinator, Mr. Alain Noudehou commented that Zimbabwe’s Human Development performance index is on the re-bound, with noted improvements in health, education and income over the past few years.

Mr. Noudehou said as the world prepares for the landmark June UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, there is need for countries to understand that sustainability must be approached as a matter of basic social justice, for current and future generations alike.

“Several issues need special attention as Zimbabwe pursues its development aspirations, these include ensuring national ownership of the development process, investing in health, education and social protection and investing in economic development infrastructure,” Mr Noudehou said.

Officially launching the 2011 Human Development Report, the Minister of Finance, Mr. Tendai Biti said participation, equity and equality, education, sustainability governance, combined with economic growth are some of the things central to development.

“It is important to address issues of sustainability and inter and intra-generational equity into all development process,” Mr Biti said.

The Human Development Report identifies pathways for people, local communities, countries and the international community to promote environmental sustainability and equity in mutually reinforcing ways.