UN officials meet with Djibouti President on sustainable development
On 23 July 2017, senior United Nations officials met with Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh to discuss cooperation of the UN agencies in the country. UN chiefs Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, David Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Programme and Anthony Lake, Executive Director of UNICEF, committed to supporting the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, with a focus on malnutrition.
Here in Djibouti, and everywhere, investing in nutrition is one of the most cost-effective ways governments can protect children’s lives and futures – and support the long-term growth of their societies. This means working together across sectors – including health, water, hygiene and sanitation, agriculture and even social protection – to reach every child at risk. We encourage Djibouti to join the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement — and join the growing global movement to end malnutrition in all its forms.”
Anthony Lake, Executive Director of UNICEF and Chair of the SUN Movement Lead Group.
David Beasley recognised Djibouti’s key role in responding to humanitarian crises in the region. He praised “the strategic and central role” played by the nation. They also discussed a new UN Development Assistance Framework (2018-2022) due to being submitted to Djibouti. It aims for greater synergy and complementarity among UN agencies, funds and programmes to support Government efforts and increase the multiplier effect of contributions to development.