United Nations country team briefs diplomatic corps on plans to deliver as one in South Africa
Pretoria, 22 January 2008…Members of the diplomatic community gathered at a closed three-hour briefing session in Pretoria today, during which they heard presentations from leaders of the United Nations Country team on the world body’s plans to deliver as one in South Africa.
Delivering as One, the November 2006 report of the Secretary-General’s high level panel on UN Reform, put forward a series of recommendations to overcome fragmentation of the Untied Nations system, so that the family of agencies and programmes would be in better position to serve the needs of Member States in their efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and other development targets.
Macharia Kamau, Resident Coordinator a.i. for the United Nations system in South Africa assured delegates that “Delivering as one means that all UN agencies, in carrying out their diverse mandates, implement support to the Government of South Africa in a consistent and coherent manner.” South African government delegates present included Henri Raubenheimer: Director - Economic Development of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Elaine Venter, Chief Director at the Treasury.
Today’s diplomatic briefing programme focused two main areas: global developments that have been key to moving the UN closer to delivering as one as well as South Africa’s own milestones that have assisted the delivering as one process. Presenters then elaborated a series of opportunities and challenges before the joint United Nations programme in South Africa. It is the first in a series of quarterly briefings for diplomats planned by the global organisation said Mr. Kamau.
Mr. Kamau, who is also head of UNICEF South Africa was joined by four other members of the United Nations Development group: Isaac Chivoire, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, Mbulawa Mugabe, head of UNAIDS, George Nsiah, head of the UNFPA and Julianna Lindsey, deputy head of UNICEF South Africa, who also made presentations.