UNDP, govt open up MDGs centre

HARARE - The Zimbabwean government in conjunction with United Nations agency, Development Programme Institute opened up the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Virtual Learning Centre in Zimbabwe this week.

The facility will allow ordinary Zimbabweans and interested stakeholders to monitor, discuss and observe the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals on a new and exciting online platform.

This platform is intended to provide an innovative way to learn about the MDGs, offering online courses to various stakeholders free of charge.

Speaking at the launch on Wednesday, United Nations agency, UNDP country director Martin Maya said the MDGs Virtual Learning Centre is one component of a larger four-year project led by the government that will provide an innovative way to work towards MDG achievement, complementing the more traditional efforts.

“We are all aware of the increasing centrality of ICT and social media in everyone’s life and the Virtual Learning Centre attempts to harness this; making information and knowledge sharing accessible to everyone online,” Maya said.

“This project will integrate aspects of capacity building with a discussion platform which will feed in the national and global dialogue around what will come after the MDGs, the so called post-2015 development agenda,” he said.

Ministry of Economic Planning and Investment Promotion representative, Mlolisi Phiri said the platform is part of a comprehensive MDGs advocacy strategy.

“Its aim is to create public awareness towards the Millennium Development Goals and to highlight the achievements made so far by various stakeholders,” Phiri said.

Phiri noted the Virtual Learning centre will provide a forum for exchange of ideas and sharing practices.

The MDGs are eight international development goals that were officially established following the Millennium Summit of the United Nations in 2000, following the adoption of the UN Millennium Declaration.

 All 193 United Nations member states and at least 23 international organisations have agreed to achieve these goals by the year 2015.

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