The United Nations has commended His
Excellency, Mr Michael Chilufya Sata, President of the Republic of Zambia and the First Lady
Dr Christine Kaseba-Sata for their commitment to promote safe motherhood and children’s
Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Planning in the Executive Office of the SecretaryGeneral of the United Nations, Dr Robert Orr, and UNFPA Deputy Executive Director for
Programmes Ms Kate Gilmore praised the work that President Sata and Dr Kaseba-Sata were
doing to ensure the wellbeing of women and children in Zambia.
Dr Orr said President Sata, Dr Kaseba-Sata and the Zambian Government leadership have been
“extremely engaged” on issues of women and children.
“In the case of Zambia, the First Lady and the President have been heavily involved in providing
leadership from the top on women and children’s issues,” said Dr Orr.
And Ms Gilmore commended the First Family and the Zambian Government for the community
campaigns they were carrying out to expand the demand for family planning services and other
initiatives aimed at improving the lives of women and children.
“The Zambian Government has even brought on board local chiefs, traditional leaders and
community leaders to pledge themselves” to be involved in safe motherhood initiatives and
“hold the Government accountable,” said Ms Gilmore.
Mr Orr and Ms Gilmore were speaking at the UN Headquarters in New York when they updated
United Nations Members States on the Global Strategy for Women’s and children’s health.
CHIBAULA D. SILWAMBA (Mr.)
First Secretary for Press and Public Relations
Permanent Mission of the Republic of Zambia to the United Nations