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  • New project to boost fair sentencing and reduce detentionsJul 2, 2015The new bail instruments will involve the creation of guidelines and policies for magistrates and judges regarding when defendants should be detained before trial. The instruments, which are to be rolled out in 2016, will help ensure consistent sentencing across the country, so that justice will be the same everywhere in the country. It will also help make sure people are incarcerated only when absolutely necessary, by providing a clear, consistent set of procedures for all Sierra Leone’s magistrates and judges.

  • As Ebola ebbs, justice gets a boost in Sierra LeoneJun 24, 2015Before the outbreak, mobile courts helped ensure defendants in remote areas got fair trials. Moving courts closer to crime scenes means victims, witnesses and local communities can take part. With UNDP support, mobile courts are now back in session, helping to clear the backlog of cases in Moyamba and three more of the worst affected regions.

  • Helen Clark's Statement on Pope Francis Encyclical on the Environment and the PoorJun 18, 2015The poor and the marginalized in our societies are the ones who are the most vulnerable to climate change, and are also the ones hardest hit by its impacts.

  • UNDP calls for protection of Aberdeen Creek and Sierra Leone’s ocean Jun 8, 2015Speaking in Freetown to mark World Environment Day and World Oceans Day (June 8th), Mr. Mukerjee said rapid rural-urban migration led population growth in Freetown has led to encroachment of the Aberdeen creek, the destruction of its mangroves and a big increase in water pollution. The Aberdeen Creek is one of few protected sites to be found in a capital city and also protected by the Convention on Wetlands (also known as Ramsar Convention) serving as an important nesting ground for birds and spawning site for fish in the Freetown Estuary.

  • Message by United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, on Africa DayMay 25, 2015Africa continues to make steady economic, social and political progress. Overall, the continent’s economy grew by roughly 4 per cent in 2014, creating one of the longest stretches of uninterrupted positive economic expansion in Africa’s history. As a result, a growing number of Africans have joined the middle class each year. With investment in education, health and infrastructure increasing, the prospects for much of Africa are bright.

  • EU and UNDP Discuss Global Development Challenges and PrioritiesApr 27, 2015Brussels- United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark and European Union Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica jointly opened today in Brussels a high-level policy dialogue between both institutions. The dialogue focuses on the current development challenges and priorities such as the ongoing negotiations on a new global development framework and the collective actions needed to advance sustainable development for all countries and people.

  • Policing the police: UNDP helps to improve internal investigation squadApr 1, 2015Sierra Leone Police’s Complaint Discipline and Internal Investigations Department (CDIID), is transforming itself with help from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  • Rebuilding Sierra Leone’s health care begins with eco-friendly disposal of medical waste Mar 19, 2015A delegation from the Republic of Korea and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) celebrated the installation of an autoclave used for the safe disposal of medical waste at the Goderich Emergency Surgical and Paediatric Hospital just outside Freetown.

  • West African economies feeling ripple effects of Ebola, says UN New study calls for preparedness in West African nations, regional approach to stop, treat and help recoverMar 12, 2015According to the United Nations Development Group (UNDG), West Africa as a whole may lose an average of at least US$3.6 billion per year between 2014 and 2017, due to a decrease in trade, closing of borders, flight cancellations and reduced Foreign Direct Investment and tourism activity, fuelled by stigma.

  • UNDP Chief vows to stand with Sierra Leone Feb 19, 2015Helen Clark, the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) wrapped up her three-day trip to Sierra Leone on Wednesday. During her time in Freetown, Ms Clark met with His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma to discuss the last push to get to zero Ebola cases and UNDP’s role in that fight during the transition into the recovery period.