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UNFPA pledges continued support for Zambia's development

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has pledged to continue supporting Zambia in various areas of development.

While commending Zambia on various strides made in developing the country such as the establishment of the Seventh National Development Plan (SNDP), Gift Malunga, the new UNFPA representative said her organisation was committed to helping the government in various initiatives such as empowerment of women and girls and in the area of sexual and reproductive health.

She said when she paid a courtesy call on Minister of National Development Planning, Alexander Chiteme, that the country's Seventh National Development Plan was aligned to international development initiatives such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adding that the model would go a long way in addressing development challenges if well implemented.

According to a statement released by the ministry, the UNFPA representative further pledged to provide technical and other forms of support to the Zambian government as it prepares to conduct a population census in 2020 as well as to engage with other cooperating partners in supporting the conducting of the exercise.

On his part, the minister commended the UNFPA for its close collaboration with the government in its development agenda, adding that the organization has been working on various intervention programs in the country.

The government, he said, was looking forward to continued collaboration with the UNFPA as well as other United Nations (UN) organizations to achieve its development agenda.


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