PRISCILLA MWILA, Lusaka
THE United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)’s newly appointed representative to Zambia Noala Skinner has officially taken up her
position and has reaffirmed her organisation’s commitment towards addressing issues affecting children in the country.
Ms Skinner said UNICEF is committed to support Zambia’s integrated and inclusive approach to development so that no one is left behind.
She said this recently when she presented her letter of credentials to Ministry of Foreign Affairs permanent secretary Chalwe Lombe.
This is contained in a statement issued by UNICEF communications officer Precious Habeenzu yesterday.
“UNICEF is a key partner in achieving the targets set in the Seventh National Development Plan (SNDP) and Zambia’s Vision 2030. Zambia is a young nation, we are confident that UNICEF, through its diverse programmes, will continue to reach the majority of Zambia’s population (children under the age of 18),” she said.
Ms Skinner said the SNDP recognises the multi-faceted nature of sustainable development which calls for interventions to be carried out simultaneously through a coordinated system.
She said she will work on building on the successful cooperation with government, international community and civil society to support the rights and well-being of children and women.
And Mr Lombe reiterated Government’s commitment towards improving the lives of children in Zambia.