By Elijah Ugani
The United Nations in partnership with Cross River State Government has concluded plans to introduce the United Nations Sustainable Development Partnership Framework (2018 – 2022) in the State.
The framework meeting which held recently in Transcorp Hotels Calabar comprised of participants drawn from all MDA’s in the State.
Declaring the meeting open, the Commissioner for International Development, Mr. Francis Ettah explained that “this meeting is meant to introduce the new partnership framework and also develop an implementable work plan for the next two years, at the last United Nations Development Agency (UNDA) cycle of 2014 – 2017, the State has recorded substantial achievements in the implementation of the program in the various areas.”
Ettah further said that “This meeting is to develop implementable core activities for support by the UN. Let me stress the need for annual work plan to be able to address current development issues in the State. In other words, the program activities should be focused in line with the development vision of the Sen. Ben Ayade administration.”
He assured the UN of the State Government’s political will to ensure the aims and objectives are met.
On his part, the Head and Strategic Planning Adviser of the United Nations System in Nigeria, Mr. Kwasi Amankwaah noted that the UN will this week pass a resolution which will lead to major reforms in the developmental work of the UN member States.
In his words “this week, the UN General Assembly will pass a resolution which will lead to major reforms of the development work of the UN in member States. The changes are geared to ensuring that we in the UN work more closely together to support member States to achieve sustainable development.”
The program is to last for five years while the planning meeting lasts for a year.
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