15 July 09 - “One United Nations” work in Rwanda reviewed
UNCTAD Deputy Secretary-General Petko Draganov opened a special session of the Economic and Social Council on joint United Nations work in Rwanda.
UNCTAD is strongly committed to supporting the reforms introduced by the Delivering as One programme of the United Nations, UNCTAD's Deputy Secretary-General said in opening a special meeting on the "One United Nations" initiative in Rwanda.
The special session of the United Nations Economic and Social Council reviewed the status of United Nations efforts in Rwanda begun less than two years ago - and it is understood the results are preliminary, said the Deputy Secretary-General. The work in Rwanda is one of several "One United Nations" pilot programmes in which United Nations agencies work closely with each other to catalyse economic and social progress in developing countries.
Mr. Draganov said positive results can already be seen in operational and financial linkages between these United Nations efforts and the Enhanced Integrated Framework, through which the World Trade Organization and a series of other international organizations are striving to enable the world's least developed countries to build the foundations for expanded trade under the Aid for Trade initiative.
In September 2008, Mr. Draganov said, UNCTAD was requested by Rwanda's Minister of Trade and Industry, Monique Nsanzabaganwa, to help Rwanda elaborate a comprehensive trade policy. UNCTAD responded by preparing a "development-driven trade policy framework", he said, and undertook an advisory mission to the country.
It would be appropriate that this collaboration with the Government of Rwanda be included in the One United Nations Rwanda Programme, including new joint operations with the United Nations' Inter-agency Cluster on Trade and Productive Capacity, the Deputy Secretary-General said.