Friday, 29 April 2011


Rebeca Grynspan
The United Nations Under-Secretary General and UNDP Associate Administrator Rebeca Grynspan is expected to visit Zambia between May 1 and 4 May.
UN Communications Officer Sirak Gebrehiwot announced Grynspan’s visit to Zambia is a statement released in Lusaka.
Gebrehiwot stated Grynspan’s visit is the first to the Africa region in her current position.
According to Gebrehiwot, the purpose of the Associate Administrator’s visit is to see firsthand the development situation in Zambia, and to understand the role and contribution of UNDP to Zambia as part of the UN system, which is moving towards Delivering as One.
“It is also an opportunity to contribute through high level dialogue, to the country’s plans to become a Middle Income Country by 2030, through implementation of the Sixth National Development Plan (SNDP 2011-2015), as well as to achieve progress on the MDGs by 2015,” read the statement in part.  “In Livingstone, she will visit national heritage sites and UNDP-supported development work that is being undertaken at the community level on human rights and civic education, empowering people to be active in decision-making processes that affect their lives.”
Zambia is a pilot country for implementation of the Paris Declaration and has a well developed coordination mechanisms involving Sector Advisory Groups with clearly defined roles. UNDP plays a key role in sectors such as Governance, Gender, Environment and it is coordinating a multi donor programme to support the upcoming general elections and the electoral process in Zambia. UNDP had delivered a grant of $68.7 million to Zambia between 2006 and 2010 to support the implementation of the Fifth National Development Plan (2006-2010).
UNDP’s recently signed five year Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP 2011-2015), which takes into account priorities, identified in the SNDP and UNDAF will focus on support to HIV & AIDS, governance and gender, and climate change and the promotion of sustainable livelihoods programmes.
According to Gebrehiwot, Grynspan would hold talks with President Rupiah Banda, Foreign Affairs minister Kabinga Pande, Finance minister Situmbeko Musokotwane, Health minister Simbao, the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ), representatives of Women in Leadership, Cooperating Partners, representatives of civil society, NGOs and the UN Country Team in Zambia.
Gryspan will also participate in Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Policy Dialogue in Lusaka to discuss MDGs with specific attention to areas where an acceleration of effort and investment is required.
“This dialogue is expected to foster a common ground on key policy and institutional perspectives that are needed to reach the MDGs, in particular on poverty reduction, maternal mortality and environmental sustainability. The Government and the UN Country Team in Zambia have been working how to address the urban-rural disparities and gender inequality, so that the progress on MDGs are inclusive and are based on equity,” read the statement.
Grynspan, Costa Rican, was appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the position of UN Under-Secretary-General and UNDP Associate Administrator effective 1 February 2010.
Prior to this appointment, Grynspan served as Assistant-Secretary-General and Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the United Nations Development Programme (2006-2010).
Before joining the United Nations, Grynspan served as Vice-President of Costa Rica from 1994 to 1998.
Grynspan is a strong advocate for the Millennium Development Goals, women empowerment and social cohesion. In addition to her experience as an adviser, lecturer and author, Grynspan has contributed to key United Nations initiatives such as the Millennium Project’s Task Force on Poverty and Economic Development and on the High-Level Panel on Financing for Development.

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