Kigali, Rwanda, November 30, 2015
The United Nations Resident Coordinator Lamin M. Manneh today thanked the Government of Sweden for once again renewing its commitment to One UN programmes in Rwanda through support to the implementation of the United Nations Development Assistance Plan (UNDAP) 2013-2018.
The Swedish support, confirmed today in a signing ceremony, amounts to SEK 45 Million (equivalent to USD 5.4 Million) and aims to reinforce the UN’s work in support of the Government of Rwanda in the areas of environment, sustainable development, gender equality, deepening democracy and accountable governance.
The UN Resident Coordinator thanked the Government of Sweden for this contribution, saying that Sweden’s continued support “has allowed the One UN to gain strength in Rwanda. Everyone, not least the Government of Rwanda, wants efficiency and everyone wants us to work together for results. Your support has been instrumental and will continue to allow us to do this important work. It is well placed and will be well utilized.”
The Swedish Chargé d’Affaires, Ms Maria Hakansson noted that Sweden’s support highlights their commitment to environmental and natural resources management, empowerment of women and institutions supporting gender issues, and deepening democracy, accountable governance and citizens’ participation in Rwanda’s development.
“For Sweden, the UN remains a very important partner for our foreign policy; this is being re-emphasized again today. There should be no doubt about how we look at the UN as a Partner,” Ms Hakansson said.
Fatina Mukarubibi, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources thanked the Swedish Government on behalf of the Government of Rwanda. “This additional support will help us to contribute to the projects we have started. In our Ministry, specifically, it will help us to have a very strong ‘results based management’ system to set targets and achieve Sustainable Development Goals in our Ministry.”
Today’s contribution brings Sweden’s total contribution to the One UN Fund in Rwanda to more than US $28.4 million since 2013, when the UNDAP was introduced. “This stands as a record throughout the world. It is the highest single contribution to the One UN Fund in the world, which has allowed the One UN in Rwanda to be among the best in the world, with respect to Delivering as One,” noted the One UN Resident Coordinator.
It would be recalled that at the request of its Government, Rwanda became, at the beginning of 2007, one of the eight pilot countries for Delivering as One (DaO). The underlying objective of the DaO process was to improve the UN’s impact, coherence, effectiveness and efficiency at the country level.
The signing ceremony of this Agreement between the United Nations System in Rwanda and the Government of Sweden took place on 30 November, 2015 at the UNDP Office in Kigali.
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