As the co-chair of the Joint Steering Committee of the United Nations, I am pleased to present the Annual Report of the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework for Angola (UNSDCF) 2020-2023. Last year was the second year of implementation of the UNSDCF and saw a reaffirmation of the UN system’s commitment along-side the Government of Angola to reach the joint results outlined in the UNSDCF. It also saw a redoubling of the UN system’s efforts in Angola to support the Government in responding to the COVID 19 pandemic. The journey has not been an easy one but, as the UN Resident Coordinator, I am proud to present our report which highlights the successes and lessons learned on this shared journey towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This report lays out our accomplishments as well as acknowledges the challenges faced throughout the year. It further presents future opportunities for continuing to work hand in hand with the Government in an effort to reach the Agenda 2030 and leave no one behind. The report is an opportunity not only to celebrate successes, but to also highlight lessons learned, which can inform and improve our future efforts as we define our actions and priorities for 2022.
One of the greatest challenges faced in 2021, was, as we are all acutely aware, the Covid-19 pandemic, which did not simply manifest itself as a health crisis but quickly evolved into a worldwide socioeconomic crisis, exacerbating inequalities, and exposing vulnerabilities. However, 2021 also marks the year where progress was possible due to a strong desire and related efforts to contain the pandemic, all the while keeping our eyes on the ultimate goals of the Agenda 2030.
The UN System spared no efforts in supporting the Government and other partners in responding to the pandemic. From promoting prevention education campaigns, to supporting the procurement, storage and distribution of vaccines, the UN’s support Angola’s fight to contain the pandemic remained unwavering.
Furthermore, UN agencies, programmes and funds stepped in quickly to support socioeconomic activities – be they social protection measures for the most vulnerable, to supporting markets reach biosafety measures to allow much needed economic activity to continue safely during the pandemic. Angola can count itself as one of the successes in containing and mitigating the effects of Covid 19, and the UN in Angola is proud to have supported the country in this regard in 2021.
In spite of the difficulties of implementing programs and activities during the pandemic, significant progress was made in various key areas related to the work of the UN in the country, as outlined in the UNSDCF 2020-2023. Maintaining the UN Charter as our guide, we worked in close coordination and cooperation with the Government to achieve progress in the areas of justice, human rights, and humanitarian and development assistance, always with an eye to leaving no one behind. Initiatives, programmes and actions implemented by the different UN entities, in collaboration with the Government and development partners, strengthened cooperation and moved us one step closer to achieving the fulfilment of the SDGs.
On behalf of the United Nations Country Team in Angola, I express my appreciation to the Government of Angola and all our partners without whom the UN system would not be able to meaningfully carry out our mandate to work in service of the people of Angola and ensure sustainable, equitable, inclusive growth, leaving no one behind.