The representative said that people must be put at
the center of development efforts. Zimbabwe has made some progress
with regard to the empowerment of women since independence. However,
there is still much maternal mortality related to unsafe abortions in
developing countries. All efforts must be made to obviate the need to
recourse to abortion. Without resources, the Programme of Action will
remain a paper promise. The international community must provide new
and additional financial resources to ensure adequate implementation.