Remarks by Ms Janet Rogan, UN Resident Coordinator at the Launch of the 7th National Development Plan Cluster Advisory Groups

Secretary to the Cabinet

Permanent Secretaries and senior government officials

Your Excellencies, Ambassadors and High Commissioners,

Heads of UN Agencies, International Organisations,

Civil society organisations, faith-based organisations, youth representatives, Private sector,


Distinguished guests,



I am delighted to be here today representing the whole UN System in Zambia for the launch of the 7th National Development Plan (7NDP) Cluster Advisory Groups (CAGs). As Zambia's global development partner, the UN has supported the development of the 7NDP and the new  structures and the new ways of working that will be needed for its implementation. This is the first broad-based discussion of how the 7NDP is going to be implemented and we are starting at the national level. It will cascade down to the provincial and the district levels. My job today is to set this in the global context.

Volume 1 of the 7NDP set an innovative, ambitious, transformative strategic direction for Zambia. It fundamentally responds to the needs of the people in this country and promises to start to transform all the inequalities they suffer, through diversifying the economy; upgrading tourism; modernising agriculture; expanding the scope of mining beyond the mainstay of copper; diversifying energy production. And investing in improving the people themselves - their education, health, good nutrition and clean water, their lives in sustainable well-planned rural and urban communities.