un logo at 65 18.10.10.jpgThe United Nations says it will continue working closely with the government of Zimbabwe to better the livelihoods of ordinary people and to eradicate extreme hunger.

The United Nations has re-affirmed its commitment to serving the people of Zimbabwe to ensure sustainable economic development and poverty reduction.

Resident Coordinator for the UN in Zimbabwe, Alain Noudehou, expressed hope that Zimbabwe will be able to achieve the Millennium Development Goals despite the economic down turn that had negative effects on the country’s progress.

Mr Noudehou said this while addressing journalists in Harare ahead of the commemorations to mark the UN’s 65th anniversary.

“For Zimbabwe the main challenges are in areas such as poverty reduction, maternal health. The economic environment also had negative effects. However, this had not stopped Zimbabwe from attaining the MDGs,” Mr Noudehou said.

In a speech read on her behalf by Permanent Secretary Lance Museka, the Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Ms Paurina Mpariwa said the Millennium Development Goals are at the centre of the country’s development initiatives, adding that her ministry will coordinate an Accelerated Plan of Action for the achievement of the MDGS.

“We have managed to improve in the fight against HIV.  We will continue to better the lives of our people,” said Ms Mpariwa.

The United Nations officially came into existence on 24 October 1945, after the Charter had been ratified by China, France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the United States and by a majority of other signatories.

United Nations Day is celebrated on 24 October .The theme for this year’s UN Day’s celebration is ‘the UN for you’ emphasising UN’s service to the development of people in all nations.