Tunisia/UN: five-year cooperation framework in pipeline
08/07/2020 14:47, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - The United Nations System to Tunisia is currently discussing the establishment of a five-year cooperation framework with the Tunisian Government, civil society and the private sector, said UN Resident Coordinator Lila Pieters.

Speaking on Wednesday at a media event to award certificates to journalists who had collaborated with the UNDP in particular, and the UN system to Tunisia in general, Pieters indicated that the main objective of the cooperation framework is to identify ways to support the Tunisian government in its efforts to build a more egalitarian society.

"To this end, we have defined four areas of intervention," the UN official noted.

First, it involves making choices about public policies related to economic and social areas that have an added value for the Tunisian government in order to allow the UN system to intervene.

"Then, we chose to carry out very specific actions in the field of governance, strengthening the principles of the rule of law, protection of human rights and combating violence," Peters explained.

She added that the third aspect will target " the reinforcement of the health and education systems (vocational training, primary and secondary education), as well as that of social protection."

The official recalled in this regard that in Tunisia over a million people do not benefit from social coverage, "a right for every citizen."

Finally, the focus should be on boosting the ecosystem and protecting natural resources, especially agriculture, which requires an urgent rescue and development plan, through the implementation of a real agricultural policy that currently does not exist in the country.

The United Nations Resident Coordinator recalled that the United Nations system is not a donor but a provider of expertise.

"We have nearly 400 Tunisian and foreign experts who are available to Tunisia, a country "which has made enormous progress in women's rights," she said, but she considered that work still needs to be done in the implementation of these rights, notably the women's unemployment rate, as well as wage inequalities.

Peters also called for reinforcing the initiatives taken by Tunisian expertise during the lock-in period, commending the efforts of the Government, the Health Ministry and citizens in mitigating the risks of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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