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Asmara, Eritrea: UNICEF, UNDP and UNFPA as part of the UN system signed their Country Programme Action Plans (CPAP) with the Ministry of National Development of GoSE of Eritrea. The CPAP is a detailed operational plan for the country programme of each agency, which is signed between the main government partner and the head of the agency.
The programme components of the CPAP are derived from the SPCF 2013-2016 signed between Government and the UN and is aligned to the development priorities of the Government.
The SPCF focuses on Basic Social Services; National Capacity Development; Food Security and Sustainable Livelihood; Environmental Sustainability; and Gender Equity and Advancement of Women. The approval of the four-year CPAPs (2013-2016) is the first step in developing annual workplans with sector ministries and other government institutions.
The signing ceremony was held at the Ministry of National Development, the Ministry responsible for overall coordination of the UN and GoSE’s strategic cooperation framework.
Ms. Christine N. Umutoni, the UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative signed on behalf of the UNDP as RR and UNFPA CPAP as Country Representative, a.i. , Ms. Elsabeth the assistant Country Representative and OIC for UNFPA was also present. UNICEF’s Country Representative, Dr. Hamid El Bashir was also present at the signing ceremony and signed on behalf of his agency.The UNDP CPAP endorsed on March 28, 2013 covers four broad areas- Capacity Development, Environmental sustainability, Food security and sustainable livelihoods, and Gender Equity and Advancement of Women.
The UNICEF CPAP scope is also nationwide, with special focus on equity and gender equality, targeting the hard to reach and most vulnerable children and women. The Five Country Programme components for UNICEF comprises health and Nutrition, Basic Education, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Child Protection through Advocacy and Partnerships for Children all related to a specific outcome in the SPCF.
UNFPA’s CPAP endorsed during the signing ceremony was also developed in alignment with the national priorities and the SPCF. It is mainly aligned with the National Health Policy; Health Sector Strategic Development plan 2012-2016, the national action plan on gender and women empowerment and some of its areas of focus include data for development and safe motherhood women and youth empowerment policies.
Speaking at the signing ceremony H.E. Dr Giorgis Teklemariam said “this is a renewed phase of cooperation between the Government of Eritrea and the UN”. Also making brief remarks, Ms. Umutoni; who remarked “the CPAPs demonstrate a continued strengthening of the relationship between the Government of the State of Eritrea and the UN, and that the UN looks forward to strengthening its partnership with the Government over the next four years and beyond with committement to ensuring value is added and results are delivered for all”.
In his remarks, Dr. Bashir also said : “I am pleased to sign this document in support of the children and women of Eritrea and that in partnership with the Government, UNICEF will continue to focus on reaching the most vulnerable children to make sure we meet the needs of all Eritrean children.”
Similarly, Ms Elsabeth, the OIC for UNFPA thanked the Minister of National Development for the support during the elaboration of the CPAPs and for the time taken by the staff at the ministry to work with the UN, and that she was looking forward to a continued collaboration with the Government.
All Agencies CPAPs cover nationwide and focuses on main strategic priority areas and action plans in achieving the MDGs. The SPCF 2013-2016 defines the relationship and cooperation between the GoSE and the UN system in Eritrea over the next four years.