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  • The Secretary-General’s Appeal for Peace Jan 1, 2017

    No one wins these wars; everyone loses. Trillions of dollars are spent destroying societies and economies, fueling cycles of mistrust and fear that can last for generations. Whole regions are destabilized and the new threat of global terrorism affects us all.

  • UN Secretary-General's remarks at final farewell to staff Dec 30, 2016

    Thank you for your hard work, thank you for your commitment, thank you for your leadership for humanity. You have been working day in and day out. And I thank you. That really has motivated me. Knowing that you are very much committed, that has given me motivation to work harder and harder.

  • Financial Inclusion Strategy for inclusive and resilient economic growth Dec 16, 2016

    The National Strategy for Financial Inclusion is a four-year plan that is developed through a consultative process in order to ensure that key stakeholders will work together to play their important roles in contributing to, and driving, financial inclusion.

  • The Secretary-General's message on International Volunteers Day Dec 5, 2016

    I extend my deepest gratitude to the more than 6,700 United Nations Volunteers, 12,000 United Nations Online Volunteers and the one billion community volunteers worldwide. You are all instrumental to the future of people and the planet. Your commitment and passion can act as inspiration to us all.

  • Energy-efficient cookstoves for people and planet Dec 2, 2016

    Most households in Sierra Leone use charcoal for cooking. The Cookstove Academy supports small business owners to produce improved stoves that are more energy efficient, and empowers them with skills and knowledge to upscale their businesses.

  • Statement by UNDP Administrator Helen Clark on World Aids Day 2016 Dec 1, 2016

    Statement by UNDP Administrator Helen Clark World AIDS Day 2016 Statement December 1 This World AIDS Day serves as a reminder of the urgent need to come together as a global community and recommit ourselves to ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030—one of the targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. AIDS continues to be one of the leading causes of death worldwide. UNAIDS warns that in spite of the progress made over the past 15 years, our job is far from done. While nearly fifty per cent of people living with HIV are currently accessing antiretroviral therapy, 18.5 million people are still in need of treatment. Declines in new HIV infection rates among adults have stalled, and infection rates are climbing in some regions. In 2015 nearly 7500 young women aged 15-24 years acquired HIV every week. These trends suggest that HIV prevention efforts are falling short. There continues to be a lack of funding for human rights programming to address punitive legal environments, stigma and discrimination, and other human rights barriers which often prevent people, especially the most marginalized, from accessing health services. At the same time, we must address other serious and often associated challenges. Last year, more than 1.8 million people died from TB, including 400,000 with HIV/TB co-infection, accounting for around one in every three AIDS-related deaths. HIV drug resistance is also of increasing concern, leading to treatment failure and further spread of drug resistant HIV, while second and third line treatments for HIV and treatment for Hepatitis C are often out of reach for many patients because of their high cost. The Sustainable Development Goals reflect the interconnectedness of health and development, including the widening economic and social inequalities, rapid urbanization, and the continuing burden of HIV. The UNDP Strategy on HIV, Health and Development 2016-2021: Connecting the Dots recognizes that many areas of development have an impact on health and that multi-sectoral, rights-based, and gender-sensitive approaches are essential to addressing HIV and health-related development challenges. People living with HIV and civil society organisations play a crucial role in the AIDS response. UNDP is committed to working with them and with other partners around the world to redouble its efforts to end inequalities which fuel new HIV infections and act as barriers to accessing health services. Future generations depend on us to get this job done.

  • AfHDR 2016 – pathways to reduce persistent gender inequality Nov 28, 2016

    The Report notes that women in Sierra Leone achieve only 81.4 percent of the levels of men in health, education and command over economic resources, which is significantly below the level of 87 percent achieved by women in Sub-Saharan Africa in general. This means that women in Sierra Leone have less choices, freedoms, capabilities and opportunities to lead long and healthy lives, be educated, and enjoy a decent standard of living compared to women in other Sub-Saharan African countries.

  • Improving Livelihood and access to basic services in border districts. Nov 21, 2016

    The project will also rehabilitate 95 social amenity structures including drinking water and sanitation facilities, schools and primary healthcare units (PHUs) prioritized by the beneficiary communities. Additionally, the community members will be empowered to lead the planning and implementation of the rehabilitation of the identified social amenity structures. This will provide employment to the members of the beneficiary communities and boost their livelihood.

  • New project to promote reforms in Sierra Leone’s detention facilities launched Nov 4, 2016

    The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and US Department of State funded the project titled “From Prisons to Corrections: Promoting Institutional Reforms in Sierra Leone Correctional Services (SLCS)”, seeks to address intractable and perennial challenges in detention facilities across Sierra Leone.

  • Pit latrine to combat sanitation concern in orphanage Oct 13, 2016

    The orphanage is also home to some children spared by the deadly Ebola virus disease that claimed the lives of their dear parents. Others are children of amputees and war wounded who lost their limbs and hands during Sierra Leone’s decade long civil war that ended in 2002.