The United Nations and Government of the State of Eritrea (GoSE) endorse the implementation plans of Strategic Partnership Cooperation Framework (SPCF)

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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.

UN System in Eritrea commemorates International Day for Women

Asmara, Eritrea. The United Nations System in Eritrea marked International Day for Women on March 28, 2013. The commemoration event which took place at National Confederation of Eritrean

President of the NUEW delivering speech of the Day

President of the NUEW delivering speech of the Day

Workers was organized in partnership with National Union of Eritrean Women (NUEW).

During the commemoration event the president of the NUEW highlighted that the Government of the State of Eritrea has harmonized international and regional conventions related to Human Rights and Gender including; CEDAW, the Beijing platform and COMESA Gender policy.

In her speech; the President of the NUEW revealed Women constitute 28% of the National Assembly and 27-34% of the six regional assemblies. Moreover, 4 out of 17 Ministers are women, while 22% of the total community judges nationwide are females.

Furthermore, there has also been great improvements in education, with School enrolment increasing from 70% to 92% in year 2005/06 to 2010/11 in the primary level. In addition to thats, the maternal mortality rate has been reduced by more than 50%.

P1000244Representing the UN Country Team in Eritrea, the UN Resident Humanitarians Coordinator welcomed the invitees and joined the NUEW’s president in congratulating the Eritrean people on the very special occasion marking the Women’s Day. Christine N. Umutoni making remarks
The RC highlighted that the UN has convened a number of international and regional conferences to make sure that members states remain committed on issues of equity and equality of men and women in socio-economic fabrics and ensure that they are treated as equal human beings.

The RC also underlined, while significant changes in attitudes towards women emancipation and gender equality is being achived in this modern world, with greater capabilities, opportunities and choices for women as more women are joining the boardroom of professionalism. There are however, great challenges ahead for all stakeholders on women and gender equality.
This challenges are further revealed in recent figures showing alarming statistics concerning women indicate that more than 1440 women also die daily due to preventable pregnancy related causes and some 100-400 million girls also undergone FGM/C. “This alarming statistics constitute a hindrance to the speedy realization of women empowerment and the advancement of society in general” underlined the UNRC.
Partial view of the participants

The Strategic Partnership Cooperation Framework (SPCF) has given a priority for Gender and empowerment of women as key strategic areas of cooperation with the Government of the State of Eritrea.

Government Ministers, Ambassadors, UN Heads of Agencies, civil society organizations, diplomatic corps, religious institutions and the general public were among the dignitaries in the commemoration event.
The event was colourfully decorated by an exhibition of handcrafts produced by women and musical and cultural shows.

UN calls for accelerated action with 1,000 days to go on Millennium Development Goals

April 05, 2013, Asmara, Eritrea— The United Nations Country Team and its partners iDSC01490n Eritrea observes the 1,000 days to the end of 2015 – the target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). To accelerate the MDGs in Eritrea, the UNCT has signed new Strategic Partnership Cooperation Framework (SPCF) with Government of Eritrea on January 28, 2013. The SPCF mainly focuses on five strategic areas, Basic social services, Capacity development, environmental sustainability, Gender equity and advancement of women.

In marking the MDG 1000-days countdown, all UN staff in Eritrea get together and observed the event. UN agencies working in Eritrea displayed MDG related posters and publications.

Speaking at the lunching occasion of the MDG momentum, the UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator, Ms. Christine N. Umutoni said that today is the beginning of th

partcipants visting UN MDG related pubications

partcipants visting UN MDG related pubications

e series of activities that the UNCT has planned and in the coming week 5th-12th of April, the UN will be partnering with various Ministries to organize advocacy towards MDGs.

“Progress on the MDGs is uneven, within and across countries and across the MDGs themselves; revealing wide disparities between localities or population groups” stated UNRC. She further said that Eritrea is achieving commendable progress in health related MDGs (4, 5, and 6) and is on course towards achieving the targets.

The Day has been identified by the UN Secretary General as an advocacy opportunity for all UN Agencies and its partners worldwide. In Eritrea, the UNCT has planned series of outreach activities in partnership with Government of the State of Eritrea. Today, April 05, 2013 the official launch of the 1000-days countdown MDG momentum commenced.

“The MDGs are the most successful global anti-poverty push in history,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. “The Goals have helped set global and national priorities, mobilize action, and achieve remarkable results.”

The eight time-bound MDGs address poverty and hunger, education, gender equality, child mortality, maternal health, combatting AIDS, malaria and other diseases, environmental sustainability and a global partnership for development.

The world’s extreme poverty rate has been cut in half since 1990. A record number of children are in primary school — with an equal number of girls and boys for the first time. Maternal and child mortality have dropped. The world continues to fight killer diseases, such as malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS. Since 1990, two billion more people have gained access to safe drinking water.

To build on this success and accelerate action, the Secretary-General called on the international community to increase targeted investments in health, education, energy and sanitation; empower women and girls; focus on the most vulnerable people; keep up aid commitments; and re-energize efforts from governments to grassroots groups to make a difference.

The 1000-day milestone is an opportunity to amplify awareness of MDG achievements and the commitment to continue global progress, including in Eritrea.

“The more the world can achieve on the MDGs, the more it will be possible to build confidence and support for a bold and ambitious post-2015 development agenda,” UNDP Administrator Helen Clark said.

The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) and the Government of Eritrea signed the Strategic Partnership Cooperation Framework (SPCF)

Asmara, Eritrea –  The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) and the Government of Eritrea signed the Strategic Partnership Cooperation Framework (SPCF) on January 28, 2013. On behalf of the Government of Eritrea, H.E. Dr Gergish Teklemikael, Minister of National Development and from the UN Country Team (UNCT) Ms Christine N. Umutoni, Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative signed on the SPCF document. Continue reading

Eritrea Commemorates World AIDS Day 2012

Asmara – as a day to renew the commitments of all stakeholders working to end the AIDS epidemic, Eritrea commemorated the World AIDS Day on December 1, 2012 at Expo Ground under a theme of ‘Getting to Zero’.  The event which was attended mostly by students has shown the strong commitment of the young generation in the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Continue reading

Renowned African musicians join the UN in a song to end poverty by 2015

8 Goals for Africa music video to be screened across South Africa during World Cup

Johannesburg, South Africa – Helen Clark, the chair of the UN Development Group which brings together all UN agencies working in development, today launched 8 Goals for Africa, a campaign song by eight of Africa’s best known musicians, calling for commitment to achieve the Millennium Development Goals – a set of eight internationally-agreed goals designed to reduce poverty, hunger, disease, and maternal and child deaths by 2015.

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