The protocol, which will last until December this year, was signed by the Minister of Transport, Ricardo Viegas D'Abreu, and by the UNFPA representative in Angola, Mady Biaye, and focuses on promoting actions aimed at protecting sexual and reproductive health rights, gender, adolescents and youth.
In accordance with the terms of the protocol, the cooperation between the Ministry of Transport and UNFPA aims to achieve objectives within the scope of the application of the development and sharing of advocacy interventions and technical assistance, aimed at the implementation of the Social Responsibility Program of the Ministry of Transport, with an emphasis on the promotion and protection of sexual and reproductive health rights, including adolescents and young people.
A note from the Ministry of Transport underlines that the protocol also intends to implement joint interventions for the elaboration of the sustainability and social responsibility policy of the transport sector and its respective action plan to be aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals platform, the inclusion of various regulatory institutes and the different public companies.
The two parties, according to the protocol, will promote the dissemination of the sustainability and social responsibility policy from the perspective of the decade of action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
The objective is also to develop mechanisms to capture resources from the budgets of the departments of corporate social responsibility, especially from the international private sector companies linked to the transport sector, "for the financing of the ministry's social responsibility programs, with emphasis on the areas of sexual and reproductive health, gender, adolescents and young people", reads the note.
"The protocol has a strong aspect in the area of public policies when it aims to develop a set of strategic interventions to optimize the distribution chain of essential products for maternal, neonatal, child and adolescent and youth health, including support in humanitarian emergencies within the country", it adds.
Sharing information on good practices and instruments on effective engagement with the private sector and business practices favorable to the protection and promotion of adolescents' rights in the transport sector is also another mechanism envisaged in this cooperation.
The protocol appoints the UNFPA as responsible for technical support to the Ministry of Transport in the formulation of guiding principles, through the sharing of information, mapping of opportunities and development of engagement strategies in areas of common interest.
The duration of the protocol coincides with the end of the 8th Cycle of the UNFPA Country Program 2020-2022 and the National Development Plan - PDN 2018-2022, and can be renewed, if the parties so wish, at the beginning of the 9.º Programmatic Cycle of the UNFPA and the National Development Plan of Angola.