President Kenyatta hails Government - UN partnership on development

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The President of the Republic of Kenya, H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta addressing participants at UNDAF Annual Review at State House, Nairobi.

uhuru_frontrowCabinet secretaries following the proceedings at the UNDAF Annual Review

President Uhuru Kenyatta has praised the development cooperation between his government and the UN system in Kenya. Speaking yesterday at the Annual Review of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) at State House, Nairobi, the President observed that 2016 has seen the partnership make some remarkable strides. “I am impressed by the progress achieved since our last meeting in August, 2015.  It is truly encouraging to see the vision turn to action and the Mid Term Review ably illustrates this,” he said.
The President was speaking after watching a captivating 15-minute documentary summarising UNDAF results through beneficiaries’ testimonies.
“I have been greatly moved by the testimonies of the women, men and children in the short video whose lives have been positively impacted through the action of our joint framework and partnership.”
In his speech, The President had warm words for all who had contributed to the success of the partnership. “Our development partners including the private sector and philanthropies are to be thanked for their unwavering commitment to our development goals,” he said.
He congratulated the UN system in Kenya and its leadership for being a supportive partner. “I wish to commend the United Nations in Kenya for the partnership and support under the able leadership of Mr. Sid Chatterjee; whose boundless energy and commitment to human rights, good governance and development will add value to the work of the UNDAF.”

uhuru_sidEU Representative, H.E. Amb. Stephano Dejak, UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Siddharth Chatterjee and President Uhuru Kenyatta enjoying a light moment.

The President however reminded partners that there is still much to be done and encouraged them to double their efforts in streamlining operations and programmes for efficiency and effectiveness through their Business Operations Strategy.
Others who spoke at the event include UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Siddharth Chatterjee; CS, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ambassador Amina Mohammed; CS National Treasury, Mr. Henry Rotich; Governor, Marsabit County, .H.E. Ambassador Ukur Yattany; World Bank Representative Dr. Gandham N.V. Ramana; EU Representative, H.E. Amb. Stephano Dejak.

uhuru_mwajumwaPresident Kenyatta meets with 70 year old Jumwa Kabibu, a fistula survivor. Photo courtesy of Newton Kanhema - UNIC, Nairobi.

Mr. Chatterjee highlighted the a few areas that the partnership should focus on including mobilizing resources for Sustainable Development Goals, resource mobilization, expanding the Business Operation Strategy to more counties, investing more in the Kenya – Ethiopia Area-based Cross-border program and investing in the youth so as to realize demographic dividend.
The Resident Coordinator thanked the Government and the President for the great commitment and leadership they have demonstrated in the partnership. He also acknowledged the leadership and foresight of his predecessor, Ms Nardos Bekele-Thomas and thanked the UN team for their collective effort.
The event also saw the President tour the market place where dozens of beneficiaries shared their experiences with him. One of the testimonies was from 70 years old Jumwa Kabibu from Kilifi County, a fistula survivor who had leaved in agony for fifty years before she was rescued by the anti-fistula campaign led by UNFPA and partners.
The United Nations Development Assistance Framework (2014-2018) for Kenya is an expression of the UN’s commitment to support the Kenyan people in their self-articulated development aspirations.

uhuru_sidhandshakePresident Kenyatta chats with Mr. Chatterjee at the end of the UNDAF Annual Review. Photo courtesy of Newton Kanhema - UNIC, Nairobi.

The Framework has been developed according to the principles of UN Delivering as One (DaO), aimed at ensuring Government ownership, demonstrated through UNDAF’s full alignment to Government priorities and planning cycles, as well as internal coherence among UN agencies and programmes operating in Kenya within the four Strategic Result Areas (SRAs): Transformative governance; Human capital development; Inclusive and Sustainable economic growth and Environmental sustainability, land management and human security.
UNDAF has undergone three stages of reviewing results namely quarterly review, mid-term review and annual review. The event at State House provided the opportunity for Government, UN and development partners to reflect on the gains, challenges and opportunities of the partnership. The mid-term review focused on how the partnership on development has transformed lives and communities.