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  • 05 Jun 2014
    Sudipto Mukerjee: Message on World Environment Day, 5 June 2014

    The World Environment Day theme for 2014 is very relevant for Sierra Leone. While Sierra Leone’s contribution to greenhouse gas emission and the actions that lead to climate change accounts for less than 0.05% of the global emission, the country is ranked as the third most vulnerable to climate change impacts.

  • 15 Apr 2014
    Sudipto Mukerjee: Statement at the Launch of the Sierra Leone National Youth Programme

    This morning’s launch of the Youth Programme is yet another important stride in positioning the youth in their rightful place for the development of this nation. As matters of youth continue to be priority in the Government of Sierra Leone’s development plans including the ‘Agenda for Prosperity’, so also youth development remains at the top of the agenda of the United Nations. This is epitomised by the Nairobi Declaration of March 2012 .

  • 15 Apr 2014
    Sierra Leone launches US$217.5m youth programme to create one million new jobs

    The president of Sierra Leone Ernest Bai Koroma has launched an ambitious US$ 217.5m, three year National Youth Programme that seeks to create one million decent new jobs - the first ever and biggest national youth programme – reminding the nation that “the nation can only move forward when its youths step forward” at the Miatta Conference Hall in Freetown yesterday.

  • 02 Apr 2014
    Call for Parliamentarians to support African Position on the future Post-2015 Development Agenda in Africa.

    United Nations Development Programme Country Director, Sudipto Mukerjee has told parliamentarians in Freetown on Monday that the Common African Position on the Post-2015 development agenda seeks to re-orient the development paradigm away from externally-driven initiatives and towards domestically inspired and funded initiatives that will enhance the structural economic transformation of Africa.

  • 31 Mar 2014
    Sudipto Mukerjee: Address to the Members of Parliament of Sierra Leone on Constitutional Review

    Just last week, the whole world applauded this precious country for being a shining example of peace building. I understand that the address of H.E. President Ernest Bai Koroma, delivered by the Hon. Foreign Minister received an unprecedented applause from the members of the Security Council. Now, the world is looking to Sierra Leone, once again to set another shining example of a constitution review process that is enlightened and inclusive.

  • 26 Mar 2014
    Statement by Mr. Jens Anders Toyberg-Frandzen, Executive Representative of the Secretary-General, Security Council Meeting on Sierra Leone

    As the Council is also aware, the country has made remarkable strides in post-conflict recovery, democratic transition and peace consolidation. Indeed, the general atmosphere of peace that now prevails is the culmination of more than fifteen years of successive Security Council mandated peace operations in the country

  • 14 Mar 2014
    Statement on the death of former President Kabbah

    The Executive Representative of the Secretary-General is saddened by the death of former President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah of Sierra Leone on 13 March 2014. He offers his condolences to the bereaved family, the Government and people of Sierra Leone.

  • 05 Mar 2014
    Sierra Leone an inspiring example for international peacebuilding - UN Chief

    "The completion of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office, UNIPSIL, marks the end of more than 15 years of successive peace and political operations that all played critical roles in supporting Sierra Leone’s remarkable transition from war to peace," United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated during a joint press conference with Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma.

  • 21 Feb 2014
    Civil registration to benefit citizens and improve service delivery

    Chief Registrar and head of the National Registration Secretariat (NRS), Dr Max Sesay, has said that a new UNDP supported civil registration project will help the Government consolidate citizens data and enhance the effective delivery of services as well as improve monitoring of government programmes and policies, during a Technical Taskforce Workshop in Freetown, Friday February 21 Friday.

  • 20 Feb 2014
    Sudipto Mukerjee: Statement at a Technical Taskforce Workshop on Integrated National Civil Register Project in Sierra Leone. Hill Valley Hotel, Freetown

    I have personally witnessed the build up of a great momentum both at political and technical level within the GOSL. For me, personally, this is a very interesting period to be here in Sierra Leone as coming from India, I have seen how a similar project is being rolled out very successfully and in a big way.

  • 13 Feb 2014
    602 young entrepreneurs graduate in Makeni and Newton

    A total of 602 young entrepreneurs in Newton, Western Rural District and from the Business Development Service centre operated by the African Foundation for Development (AFFORD) in Makeni, the Northern Regional capital, have graduated on the 28th January and 7th February 2014 respectively.

  • 07 Feb 2014
    UNDP calls for constitutional review to promote social justice and peace

    UNDP Country Director, Sudipto Mukerjee, has said at a technical workshop organized for members of the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) that “The constitutional review process must be owned by the people of Sierra Leone.” Delivering a keynote statement at the workshop at the Bank of Sierra Leone Complex, Kingtom, in Freetown, he added that the review of the constitution must “…promote social justice, consolidate peace and prevent the repetition of violent conflict that Sierra Leone has witnessed in its recent past.” The workshop ends today 7th February 2014.

  • 03 Feb 2014
    Africa Mining Vision Day calls for sustainable, people-centred mining agenda

    On the margins of Africa’s largest annual mining conference, “Mining Indaba”, multilateral development organizations have called on the private sector to join forces with them in ensuring the revenues from mining are reinvested in people.

  • 30 Jan 2014
    UN Envoy: Constitutional review process unique opportunity

    Over 100 Paramount Chiefs gathered from 28 to 30 January in Kenema to discuss the review of Sierra Leone's 1991 constitution as well as their own role in ensuring an inclusive and transparent process. “The constitution is the highest legal document of our country,” Justice Edmund Cowan, Chair of the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC), pointed out. “To make it credible and to include rural areas, Paramount Chiefs have to empower their people, make them understand and enable them to participate in the review process.”

  • 29 Jan 2014
    Humanity remains deeply unequal despite impressive progress, says UNDP report

    A sustained reduction in inequality requires a shift to more inclusive growth patterns – supported by redistributive polices and changes in social norms – says a report launched today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark.

  • 21 Jan 2014
    UNDP Urges Governments to Help End Suffering in CAR

    Brussels/New York - As the violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) continues, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has called on the international community to help prevent the conflict from leaving a legacy of even greater deprivation and poverty in the country. High level representatives of donor governments, including France and the United States, as well as the African Union and European Union, are meeting today in Brussels to discuss how to respond to recent sectarian violence that has uprooted nearly one million people in the country.

  • 09 Dec 2013
    Natural resources and innovation among Africa’s strongest assets

    Africa should capitalize on its natural resources and the entrepreneurship of its people to transition from economic growth to sustainable development, the Heads of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in 45 African countries said today.

  • 06 Dec 2013
    Statement from Helen Clark on the death of Nelson Mandela

    It was with great personal sadness that I learned of the passing of Nelson Mandela today. Nelson Mandela was an extraordinary man who represented for many around the world the ideals of freedom, peace, and justice.

  • 01 Dec 2013
    UN Development Chief hails progress on halting and reversing spread of HIV; says significant challenges remain

    On the 25th Anniversary of World Aids Day, the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Helen Clark hailed the significant progress made to date in tackling the epidemic, but warned that the international community could not lose sight of the significant challenges that remained.

  • 25 Nov 2013
    UNDP calls for renewed efforts to end gender-based violence

    Every year, at least two million women and girls are trafficked into prostitution, forced slavery, and servitude. Up to 60 percent of women experience some form of physical or sexual abuse during their lifetime. On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is calling for renewed efforts to end violence against women.