UNDP chief kicks off Africa visit to spur action on global development goals
The head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today started a 10-day trip to Africa to jump-start renewed efforts to assist countries that are not on track to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight targets to slash poverty and other ills by 2015.
UNDP Administrator Kemal Dervis noted that although the leadership necessary to achieve the MDGs must come from within the continent, African countries need the support of international organizations and development partners.
During his trip, Mr. Dervis will stop in Mozambique, Rwanda and Tanzania, three of the four African “One UN” pilot countries.
The “One UN” programme, launched earlier this year, is designed to better coordinate UN operations and accelerate progress towards the MDGs through grouping various UN agencies, funds and programmes operating in each country together under one leader, programme and budget to maximize efficiency and opportunities.