Climate change might undermine decades of development gains.Jul 23, 2015According to analyses done in 2012 for the development of Sierra Leone’s Second National Communication to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, climate change will lead to severe consequences in Sierra Leone including: decreased agricultural productivity, degradation of the coastline and damage to coastal structures, a shift from tropical rain forest to dry forest, food and nutrition insecurity, water stress and severe economic impacts that will undermine decades of development gains.
Ebola Response and Recovery Jul 20, 2015The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been the worst of its kind in recorded history. Over 11 thousand people, including over 3,900 in Sierra Leone.
UNDP and Panasonic step up their support for Ebola-affected communitiesJul 17, 2015The lamps were distributed during the second week of July, based on the needs of each community. The solar lanterns are the only source of bright light for many households in some of Ebola-affected communities and the project picked households who are either quarantined or recovering from the epidemic.
International community pledges US$5 billion for Ebola recoveryJul 10, 2015The international community has pledged more than five billion dollars to support Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in their efforts to recover from the devastating effects of Ebola, at a high level United Nations Conference in New York today (Friday).
International community pledges more than five billion dollars to help recovery of Ebola-affected countriesJul 10, 2015The United Nations organized the International Ebola Recovery Conference in partnership with the African Union, European Union, the World Bank and the African Development Bank. A day of technical consultation on the recovery strategies on Thursday 9 July was followed by the high level event on 10 July, convened by the Secretary-General, and attended by the Chairperson of the African Union, the Presidents of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and the Secretary-General of the Mano River Union.
Opening Speech at the Technical Consultations of the International Ebola Recovery ConferenceJul 9, 2015We are all very aware of the devastating impact of the Ebola crisis on the people, communities and institutions of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. This impact will be felt for decades to come unless the international community steps up its support.
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.
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