UNDP Testifies Progress Made in Social Programs

Angolan pupils in a new classroom - Credit: UNDP

The UN Resident Coordinator in Angola and UNDP Resident Representative, Maria do Valle Ribeiro, said on Tuesday, April 30th, in Luanda, that in recent years the United Nations has found significant advances in social programs of the Angolan government to have taken place in order to work towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

The UN Resident Coordinator, who spoke to reporters on the sidelines of the workshop on the "Global Development Agenda of Post-2015 - Contributions of Angola," acknowledged that progress in the development strategies of the Angolan government have intensified since the achievement of peace in 2002.

Highlights

  • With the ending of the war in 2002, Angola has recorded tremendous progress in relation to poverty reduction, reduction of maternal and child mortality, and an increase in access to drinking water by the population.
  • A greater participation of women in political, economic and social decision-making bodies, a higher number of children enrolled in the educational system, the promotion of sustainable development for the environment and social and economic growth becoming more inclusive are also additional goals of government programs.
  • The UN is currently conducting an in-country campaign of an inclusive consultation with various partners of civil society, which aims to support the construction of a National Vision of Post-2015 Development.

With the ending of the war in 2002, the country has recorded tremendous progress in relation to poverty reduction, reduction of maternal and child mortality, and an increase in access to drinking water by the population, was emphasized by the Resident Coordinator.

Maria Ribeiro also mentioned a greater participation of women in political, economic and social decision-making bodies, a higher number of children enrolled in the educational system, the promotion of sustainable development for the environment and social and economic growth becoming more inclusive as additional goals of government programs.

"We have seen that the trend of the implementation of these programs is to improve. Angola has demonstrated the willingness and ability to continue its commitments to achieve the Millennium Development Goals," she said.

However, despite efforts by the Angolan government, the UN Coordinator agreed that Angola, as also experienced by certain other UN country members, will not achieve all the Millennium Development Goals within the 2015 timeline.

According to the UN Coordinator, due to the constraints and challenges encountered during the implementation of these programs, all targets will not be met by 2015.

Therefore, the UN is currently conducting an in-country campaign of an inclusive consultation with various partners of civil society, which aims to support the construction of a National Vision of Post-2015 Development, she stated.

These consultations are working towards the pursuit of plans for the fight against poverty, the fight against HIV/AIDS, improving the welfare of the population through the improvement of health services and education, the promoting of the green economy, among other sustainable development programs, she added.

The workshop was attended by leaders of associations, academics, representatives of public institutions and churches, students, among others.