The United Nations Resident Coordinator in Zimbabwe, Ms Maria Ribeiro says the inter-governmental organisation is committed to mitigating the adverse effects of drought in Zimbabwe.
She was speaking after paying a courtesy call on Vice President, Retired General Dr Constantino Chiwenga at his Munhumutapa offices in Harare this Monday.
Zimbabwe is reeling from the effects of climate change such as drought and Cyclone Idai which hit some parts of the country including Manicaland province in March this year.
Ms Ribeiro told journalists that their discussions centred on how best they can address food insecurity in the country.
“Most of our conversation was around the humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe, the food security situation in Zimbabwe and in some way it is quite a precarious situation given the impact of drought and climate change in Zimbabwe
“So we had some very good discussions about how we could move forward towards what Government is doing. I also shared with the Vice President the current stages for the plans of the humanitarian assistance for 2020 in Zimbabwe,” she said
She said UN agencies have been working on post-Cyclone Idai responses and beyond that the World Food Programme (WFP) and other agencies have been working on food security, while the World Health Organisation (WHO) is seized with health matters.
“But given the current situation of the impact of drought and the economic crisis, there is need to accelerate certain humanitarian interventions. So we will continue to work on this,” she said.
“We are aware that Zimbabwe is going through tough times, partly as a result of climate change and strategising on issues of mitigation will be critical,” she added.
Zimbabwe and the United Nations enjoy cordial relations, with the international body providing support to the Government in promoting national development priorities along internationally agreed frameworks.
Source – ZBC News