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Launch of the Revised Zimbabwe Humanitarian Appeal

Press Release

Harare, 6 August 2019 – During the launch of the Revised Zimbabwe Humanitarian Appeal (January 2019 to April 2020) held today, the Government, United Nations, civil society and development partners reinforced their collective commitment to address the increasing humanitarian needs of the vulnerable people negatively impacted by climate and economic shocks.  The renewed commitment came as new evidence of increasing vulnerabilities emerged, whereby an estimated 5.5 million people in the rural areas are food insecure[1], of whom over 3 million people – or 38% of the rural population – are projected to be in need of urgent humanitarian support between the period October to December 2019[2].  Urban vulnerability is also on the rise, with the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare estimating that up to 2.2 million people in urban areas are food insecure.  An urban vulnerability assessment is currently ongoing; its findings and recommendations will further inform urban humanitarian actions.

In support of the Government’s efforts, the Revised Zimbabwe Humanitarian Appeal targets the multi-sectoral priority humanitarian needs of 3.7 million vulnerable people, with a total requirement of USD 331.5 million between the period July 2019 to April 2020.  The revised appeal prioritizes life-saving support targeting the people most in need, including residual humanitarian needs of cyclone-affected communities.

The launch was jointly hosted by the Government and the UN System in Zimbabwe.  David Beasley, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), who is on an official visit to Zimbabwe this week, joined the launch as a special guest.  “We must rapidly scale up to meet the urgent food needs of those hardest hit by the economic crisis and the drought.  But even as we ramp up to meet those immediate needs, we must work harder on the long-term problems – strengthening those communities that are chronically hungry, so they can better withstand climate shocks and other emergencies,” stressed Beasley.

Highlighting the Government’s ongoing efforts, His Excellency Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, President of the Republic of Zimbabwe – in a statement – said: “Above all, the Government’s response strategy seeks to protect and empower the vulnerable, principally women, children and the girl-child whose educational prospects must not be diminished by the unfolding humanitarian challenge.”

Recognizing the efforts made by the Government both in addressing the humanitarian challenges faced in country – from the Cyclone Idai response to the current food insecurity situation – and in addressing the macro-economic challenges through the implementation of the Transitional Stabilisation Programme, UN Resident Coordinator, Bishow Parajuli, said: “While efforts are being undertaken to address these extremely complex sets of challenges, there is a moral obligation and an urgency for the international community to lend a hand to support those most in need with humanitarian assistance.”

With the generous support from the development partners and the joint efforts by the humanitarian actors, USD 133 million or 45.5 percent of the priority humanitarian needs have been met between the period January to June 2019, reaching two million women, men and children with critical and life-saving interventions.  Close to 1.2 million people received food assistance; 400,000 people received clean water and safe sanitation; 600,000 people received essential health services; and, 16,000 girls and boys received child protection services.

In response to the Revised Zimbabwe Humanitarian Appeal, the Ambassador of the United States of America, H.E. Mr. Brian A. Nichols said: “The United States remains the largest bilateral donor to emergency humanitarian assistance in Zimbabwe and we are proud to be part of a coordinated response to the humanitarian situation.  We work closely with the UN and other donors to ensure that as many communities as possible are covered during this challenging time.”

Various other Ambassadors including that of the Republic of South Africa, H.E. Mr. M. N. Mbete; People’s Republic of China, H.E. Mr. Guo Shaochun; Head of Development Cooperation of the European Union Delegation, Ms. Irene Giribaldi; and, Head of Office of the United Kingdom Department of International Development, Ms. Annabel Gerry also delivered solidarity messages in support of the Revised Zimbabwe Humanitarian Appeal.

The launch brought together Cabinet Ministers and senior representatives from Government; diplomatic corps; development and humanitarian partners; civil society; private sector; and the media.

The Revised Zimbabwe Flash Appeal contributes to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 goals, by advancing the overarching principle of “leave no one behind” and adopting the humanitarian-development-peace nexus in support of Zimbabwe’s commitments to furthering its human rights and humanitarian obligations.

The UN System, through its 2016-2021 Zimbabwe United Nations Development Assistance Framework, works with various partners to advance democratic, social and economic governance for quality service delivery in health, education, water and sanitation, food and nutrition, gender equality, HIV and AIDS, poverty reduction and resilience building.  The United Nations delivers over USD 400 million per annum in various development projects towards inclusive growth and sustainable development.

For further information please contact:

Tafadzwa Mwale, National Information Officer, UNIC, e-mail:

[1] 2019 Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) Rural Livelihoods Assessment

[2] Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis (July 2019)


No Drug Abuse and No tobacco days commemorated

International Day Against Drug Abuse 2019 – Banner

On 12 June, United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Harare, Ministry of Health and Child Care, World Health Organisation (WHO) and mental health organisations commemorated World No Tobacco Day and International Day against Drug Abuse and illicit Trafficking. Minister of Health and Child Care Dr Obadiah Moyo officiated together with the World Health organisation Representative, Dr Alex Gasasira.

International Day Against Drug Abuse 2019 – Participants

The day began with an awareness-raising march within the surrounding areas of Dzivarasekwa. This was led by drum majorettes. During the commemoration, two former drug and tobacco addicts recounted how they had reformed and discouraged people from abusing drugs and alcohol as this can affect their health,  lives, relations and future.

International Day Against Drug Abuse and No Tobacco Day 2019 – Banner

World No Tobacco Day is celebrated annually on 31 May. It was set aside by the Member States of the World Health Organization in 1987 to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic and the preventable death and disease it causes. The World Health Assembly passed Resolution WHA40.38, calling for 7 April 1988 to be a “a world no-smoking day.” In 1988, Resolution WHA42.19 was passed, calling for the celebration of World No Tobacco Day, every year on 31 May.

International Day Against Drug Abuse 2019 – General Public

By resolution 42/112 of 7 December 1987, the United Nations General Assembly decided to observe 26 June as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse.

International Day Against Drug Abuse 2019 – Drum Majorettes and the General Public

Supported each year by individuals, communities and various organizations all over the world, this global observance aims to raise awareness of the major problem that illicit drugs represent to society. UNIC provided 2 banners for the event.


UNIC at ZITF 2019

Tafadzwa Mwale giving books to Africa University @ the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair 2019

UNIC joined UN agencies at the UN in Zimbabwe exhibition stand mounted during the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair held 24-27 April.

Jabulani Nyamweda explains how the UN operates to a stand visitor @ the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair 2019

The UN stand showcased UN programme delivery as articulated in the Zimbabwe United Nations Development Assistance Framework (ZUNDAF). Over the past three years, the UN has contributed US$1.2 billion towards peace, development and human rights in the country.  For people of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second largest city, the UN in Zimbabwe stand provided an opportunity to interact with the UN and gain better understanding of the work of the organisation. The UN also donated books to universities during the ZITF.

People crowd the UN in Zimbabwe stand @ the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair 2019

Phumuzile Khumalo interacting with stand visitors @ the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair 2019

The UN stand attracted different types of people @ the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair 2019

Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade remembered

On Monday 25 March, UNIC Harare commemorated the International day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The commemoration was held in partnership with the Catholic University of Zimbabwe.

Over 100 students and lecturers attended the commemoration at which Daniel Sam, International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Head of Migration and Development was the guest speaker. During his presentation, Sam highlighted the interlinkages between slavery and migration and cautioned students not to fall into the slavery trap.

Some of the modern forms of slavery include sexual exploitation, human trafficking, engagement as child soldiers and forced work with no pay. He explained that slavery is a developmental and human rights issue affecting more women than men.

UNIC also mounted an exhibition entitled Say it Loud, which profiled black descendants of the slave trade who have overcome the barriers of slavery. This exhibition was donated to the Catholic University of Africa.


UN Secretary-General on Cyclone Idai

I am deeply saddened by the loss of life and heart-wrenching images of human suffering we have seen since Cyclone Idai hit Beira, Mozambique on the night of 14 March, and then swept into Malawi and Zimbabwe, resulting in the massive disaster.

I have been encouraged by the efforts of national and international search and rescue teams, who have been working around the clock to save thousands of lives under dangerous and challenging conditions.

These heroes have not only rescued families off roofs, but are also delivering food, water purification tablets and other life-saving humanitarian assistance to survivors after communities have literally been washed away.

The UN and humanitarian partners are scaling up the response with the initial funding from generous donors. The UN has already released US$ 20 million to kick-start the response. However, far greater international support is needed.

With crops destroyed in the breadbasket of Mozambique more people are at risk of food insecurity in all three countries. And homes, schools, hospitals and roads lie in ruin.

What is needed now are funds to support the response in the days, weeks and months to come.

We must all stand in solidarity with the people of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe.

I would like to make a strong appeal to the international community to step up support.

New York, 22 March 2019

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on flooding in Zimbabwe

The Secretary-General is saddened by the loss of life, destruction of property and displacement of people due to the heavy rains and flooding caused by Tropical Cyclone Idai.

The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the families of the victims and to people and Government of Zimbabwe.

The United Nations expresses its solidarity with the Zimbabwe authorities and stands ready to work with them as they respond to the humanitarian needs resulting from this disaster.

Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

New York, 17 March 2019

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SDG 8 under focus at UNIC and Bindura University Model UN

UNIC recently held a Model UN with Bindura University of Science Education (BUSE). The students discussed SDG 8, Decent work and economic growth. Each of the 20 countries represented during this Model UN explained to the mock UN General Assembly, their efforts to ensure decent work and economic growth in their countries.

Sixty three students participated in the event, which was officiated by Mr Vusumuzi Ntonga,  Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade who encouraged the students .

Tafadzwa Mwale of UNIC gave a background of the UN and explained that Model UN sessions are organized in schools and universities to promote an informed understanding of the work of the UN among pupils and students.

During a Model UN, participants act as delegates and present key issues of the UN Agenda in simulated meetings of the General Assembly, Security Council and other UN Bodies.

In Zimbabwe, such sessions have been held by Universities, the UZ being the first participant courtesy of UNIC. Schools have also held Model UN.


UNIC in educational awareness at Westridge Primary school

UNIC conducted an educational awareness at Westridge Primary School in Belverdere, Harare. The awareness focused on the United Nations, its background and on the Sustainable Development Goals. The pupils showed interest in the subject and had a lot of questions for the presenters.

Westridge Primary School students asking questions.

Westridge Primary School students holding the SDGs Banner.

UNIC in UN Day commemorations

UNIC Harare joined the UN Country Team in Zimbabwe in the month-long commemoration of UN Day organised by the UN Communications Group (UNCG). UNIC’s Tafadzwa Mwale was guest on the ‘Good Morning’ television programme aired live on 1 October. From 1 to 22 October, UN Heads of Agencies took turns to talk about their agencies’ contribution to Zimbabwe’s development in an hour-long daily radio programme aired by Classic 263. The programmes were live and thereby enabled listeners to phone in.

From 22-26 October, UNIC and other UN agencies mounted exhibitions of their work in Harare Gardens. UNIC livestreamed UN News during this period thereby exposing the organisations’ work to the public. Books including the UN Charter, UN Yearbooks and other publications were also on display. Altogether, there were six exhibitions categorised along the 6 main ZUNDAF focus areas.

The week-long exhibition was led by The Space, a youth-led organisation. One of the major highlights included daily debates focusing on the ZUNDAF areas, which provided the youth with an opportunity to air their views on the ZUNDAF areas and UN intervention in Zimbabwe.

The month-long commemoration culminated in a formal ceremony officiated by Zimbabwe’s vice President Kembo Mohadi.

The theme for this years’ commemoration was UN attaining SDGs for better life in Larger freedom.

Members of the general public, diplomats, academics, students from universities, the youth and other groups attended the UN Day commemorative events.