Angola: Minister Addresses Human Development With UNDP

Luanda — The minister of State for social area, Carolina Cerqueira, addressed last Monday, in Luanda, with the United Nation Development Program (UNDP)'s representative, Henrik Larsen, the benefits of human development programs implemented by the Angolan Executive in regard to the disadvantaged.

During the audience with Henrik Larsen - who is in the end of his diplomatic mission to Angola - the minister of State addressed with the UNDP representative, the level of implementation of the anti-poverty programs, cash transfers, food security, reduction of children's chronic malnutrition and empowerment of women and girls.

At the meeting with the former representative of the United Nation were also addressed issues linked to the protection of the minorities, actions that, according to the minister of State, stimulate recovery, inclusive and sustainable development.

Carolina Cerqueira said that despite the negative effects of covid-19, which are reflected in the slowdown in economic growth, the Executive continues to ensure compliance with a social agenda that prioritizes humanitarian aid and social protection for the most vulnerable populations, in particular children and the elderly. She mentioned that the new health infrastructures and the new schools, built within the scope of PIIM, made available to families to care for children, prove the Executive's engagement in fulfilling the 11 commitments to the child, in particularly in the fields of health and education. Henrik Larsen expressed certainty that President João Lourenço's vision of human and sustainable development has shown that territorial convergence and the inter-sector nature of actions are essential to unite synergies in the implementation of these programs and allow Angola to reduce its poverty rate until 2030.

According to Henrik Larsen, a great deal of work has been done between UNDP and the Executive in the Mapping of Poverty Alleviation Programs, which can significantly improve actions focusing on poverty reduction and accelerate the implementation of social programs and a better alignment of sustainable development objectives (SDGs) based on national priorities. He also expressed his concern and the need to improve the resilience of the populations in the south of the country and guaranteed the full support of the United Nations. He referred that the binomial democracy/development gains more and more space in the joint initiatives between Parliament and the Executive in the discussion of the major issues on the national agenda.

The senior UN official leaves Angola and will temporarily assume the same position in Cape Verde.

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