Strengthening disability-inclusion in the UN System in ZimbabweThe Zimbabwe UN Resident Coordinator Maria Ribeiro showcased the high -level of commitment of the UN leadership in advancing disability-inclusion in the UN System, by participating in the first dialogue on disability-inclusion in the UN with an Organization of Persons with Disabilities (OPD) Zimbabwe Albino Association (ZIMAS) and Technical Partner Christian Blind Mission (CBM) on 12 April 2021. Both ZIMAS and CBM have been selected by the UN in Zimbabwe to undertake a comprehensive assessment on the UN’s level of disability inclusion. This Assessment is part of a baseline study to support the UN Country Team’s efforts to develop a roadmap for the implementation of the United Nations Disability Inclusion Strategy (UNDIS in Zimbabwe. The first meeting by the RC and disability civil society was undertaken within the framework of the United Nations Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD) Extension Phase project, where the UNPRPD Project Team (UNESCO as the Lead Agency, UNDP, UNFPA, technical Partners UNICEF & UNWOMEN in collaboration with the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office) is undertaking the Comprehensive Assessment of pilot UN Agencies using the UNDIS Framework and Score Card. The UNDIS was launched in June 2019 by the UN Secretary General and is the first-ever Accountability Framework that seeks to make the UN more inclusive of persons with disabilities, both at headquarters and field levels. The Accountability Framework has 15 common-system indicators that focus on 4 pillars namely: • Leadership, strategic planning and management; • Inclusiveness; • Programming; and • Organizational culture. The Comprehensive Assessment will be concluded in May 2021 with a validation workshop to dialogue on findings and recommendations from the OPD and its technical Partner on how the UN system in Zimbabwe can become more disability-inclusive. Overall, it is hoped that this initiative will see strengthened partnership of the UN and OPDs in accelerating implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in Zimbabwe.

The Zimbabwe UN Resident Coordinator Maria Ribeiro showcased the high -level of commitment of the UN leadership in advancing disability-inclusion in the UN System, by participating in the first dialogue on disability-inclusion in the UN with an Organization of Persons with Disabilities (OPD) Zimbabwe Albino Association (ZIMAS) and Technical Partner Christian Blind Mission (CBM) on 12 April 2021. Both ZIMAS and CBM have been selected by the UN in Zimbabwe to undertake a comprehensive assessment on the UN’s level of disability inclusion.

This Assessment is part of a baseline study to support the UN Country Team’s efforts to develop a roadmap for the implementation of the United Nations Disability Inclusion Strategy (UNDIS in Zimbabwe. The first meeting by the RC and disability civil society was undertaken within the framework of the United Nations Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD) Extension Phase project, where the UNPRPD Project Team (UNESCO as the Lead Agency, UNDP, UNFPA, technical Partners UNICEF & UNWOMEN in collaboration with the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office) is undertaking the Comprehensive Assessment of pilot UN Agencies using the UNDIS Framework and Score Card. The UNDIS was launched in June 2019 by the UN Secretary General and is the first-ever Accountability Framework that seeks to make the UN more inclusive of persons with disabilities, both at headquarters and field levels.

The Accountability Framework has 15 common-system indicators that focus on 4 pillars namely:
•    Leadership, strategic planning and management;
•    Inclusiveness;
•    Programming; and
•    Organizational culture.

The Comprehensive Assessment will be concluded in May 2021 with a validation workshop to dialogue on findings and recommendations from the OPD and its technical Partner on how the UN system in Zimbabwe can become more disability-inclusive. Overall, it is hoped that this initiative will see strengthened partnership of the UN and OPDs in accelerating implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in Zimbabwe.

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