Zimbabwe has been selected to chair the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, despite extensive lobbying against this by western countries and international human rights groups.
Undeterred, African countries voted for Zimbabwe 26-21. Environment and Tourism Minister Francis Nhema will chair the commission for one year.
Zimbabwe’s permanent representative to the United Nations Boniface Chidyausiku told reporter Patience Rusere of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the country’s human rights record had nothing to do with it chairing the commission.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum Noel Kututwa, told reporter Patience Rusere that Zimbabwe’s selection as commission chair was ironic.