Zimbabwe was commended for prioritising the plight of the disabled by key stakeholders as the country launched it’s national disability coordination committee in Harare today.
The country was commended for centralising disabled person’s in its Sustainable Development cooperation framework for the period 2022-2026 by the United Nations Resident Coordinator.
“I am pleased to note that the Zimbabwe UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (2022-2026) has prioritized disability inclusion and rights across the four pillars: People, Prosperity, Planet, and Peace. The UN Cooperation Framework provides for specific disability rights interventions necessary for advancing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD) and the National Disability Policy. “ United Nations Resident Coordinator, Edward Kallon said at the committees introductory meeting.
With Zimbabwe having launched the national disability policy last year in partnership with the United Nations, partners emphasised their commitment to aid in meeting the challenges faced by the disabled while emphasising the importance the committee had in practicalising the policy.
“The UN family has already started significant work to advance efforts for the implementation of the National Disability Policy through the United Nations Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD) round 4 that provides catalytic support towards strengthened coordination, governance, and accountability.” Mr Kallon also said.
Furthermore, “Today’s event marks an important step towards translating the provisions of the policy from paper to tangible and measurable actions that will make a positive difference in the lives of persons with disabilities and their families.” The Minister of Labor Public Service and Social Welfare, Prof Paul Mavima said.
The technical committee will comprise of Government representatives from each ministry, CSO’s and development partners to see to an all encompassing representation.
“The multidimensional and multi-layered nature of disability, demands collective responsibility and accountability, within our context of the Whole of Government and Whole of Society Approach. In view of the above, the technical National Coordination Committee for the Implementation of the National Disability Policy, comprises representatives from the Office of the President, all our 21 Government Ministries, Commissions, organisations of persons with disabilities and our development partners.” Minister Mavima also said.
The Director for the UNESCO Regional Office of Southern Africa, Professor Lidia Brito also commended Zimbabwe for the effort they are taking in seeing to the inclusion of the disabled and in turn conforming to the sustainable quest of leaving no one behind and called for continued efforts whilst guaranteeing their assistance.