The United Nations (UN) has welcomed the commitment by the Zimbabwean government towards social cohesion and peace, economic recovery, accelerated reform efforts and efforts towards the holding of credible and peaceful elections.

This came out when the visiting United Nations (UN) Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs, Mr Taye-Brook Zerihoun, accompanied by the UN Resident Coordinator, Mr Bishow Parajuli and staff from the SADC secretariat, held a closed door meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Retired Lieutenant General Dr Sibusiso Moyo at Munhumutapa in Harare this Wednesday morning.

Mr Zerihoun said from interactions he held with the electoral management body, ZEC, there is a positive disposition that the July elections will be held in a credible, transparent and peaceful environment and will reflect the will of the people.

Mr Zerihoun is on a routine tour of the SADC region with a view to assess and discuss any political developments that might have occurred.

He said the UN and SADC have a long standing cooperation agreement that is aimed at improving coordination between the UN and sub-regional organisations, hence his visit.

Minister Moyo said the visit is a periodic consultation which allows the UN and its member states to improve coordination. 

In March this year, UNDP Administrator, Mr Achim Steiner, who is also vice-chair of the UN development group, visited Zimbabwe and acknowledged progress made towards preparations for elections.

The UNDP Administrator’s visit was the first high-level UN official’s visit in many years, and signalled the UN and UNDP’s continued support to the people of Zimbabwe.

The UNDP provides technical electoral assistance to ZEC on behalf of the UN system.