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  • 17 Oct 2013
    The Secretary General message on the Internation day for Eradication of Poverty

    This year’s observance of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty comes as the international community is pursuing twin objectives: intensifying efforts to reach the Millennium Development Goals, and formulating the next set of goals to guide our efforts after we reach the MDG target date of 2015. This post-2015 agenda must have poverty eradication as its highest priority and sustainable development at its core. After all, the only way to make poverty eradication irreversible is by putting the world on a sustainable development path.

  • 17 Oct 2013
    We have to fight discrimination to end poverty, UNDP Chief Helen Clark says

    World leaders meeting a few weeks ago at the UN Special Event on the Millennium Development Goals underscored their commitment “to free humanity from poverty and hunger as a matter of urgency.” In their efforts to accelerate progress to meet the MDGs by their 2015 target date and agree to an ambitious new post-2015 global development agenda, they expressed their resolve to ensure the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people remain at the fore.

  • 13 Oct 2013
    The Secretary-General message on the International day for disaster reduction

    Persons with disabilities are the biggest untapped resource for disaster planners around the world.” These are the words of Firoz Ali Alizada, a double amputee from Afghanistan who responded to a United Nations survey which uncovered scores of stories that speak to the ingenuity and drive of persons with disabilities to manage risk from disasters.

  • 29 Sep 2013
    UN Envoy: Change of UN Footprint Shows Sierra Leone is on Path to Development

    The United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL) successfully handed over its office in Kono to the One UN Family in Sierra Leone today. This is a result of a planned exit strategy that has been endorsed by the United Nations Security Council and discussed with the Government.

  • 23 Sep 2013
    Career portal wins UNDP's 2013 Innovation Prize

    The 23 year old Salton Massally, spearhead of, received this years' 2013 UNDP Innovation Award at the first Social Good Summit in Sierra Leone, hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the University of Sierra Leone

  • 16 Sep 2013
    UNDP hosts global forum on youth and technology in Sierra Leone

    Technology is playing a major role in connecting the people throughout Sierra Leone and with the rest of the world, spreading social messages, and contributing to overall development by enabling access to information and resources. Young people are undoubtedly the connector to this new era and often benefit from using technology to search employment, start a business or get valuable information on development related issues.

  • 15 Sep 2013
    Secretary-General massage on International Day of Democracy

    This year’s International Day of Democracy falls amid volatile political transitions in several countries, prolonged economic crisis, and dramatic demographic and social change. These events all underscore the need to strengthen people’s voices in how they are governed – an imperative that lies at the heart of democracy.

  • 15 Sep 2013
    On International Day of Democracy, UNDP affirms support for building a democratic Sierra Leone

    On this International Day of Democracy, I call on leaders to hear, respect and respond appropriately to the voices of the people, whether expressed directly or through elected representatives. I call on the world’s citizens to think about how they can use their voice to not only take control of their destiny, but to translate their desires and the desires of others into a better future for all." United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement to commemorate this day, calling citizens and governments to reach out to understand and listen to those who may be weaker or more vulnerable.

  • 12 Sep 2013
    The Sceretary-General Message on the United Nations day South-South Cooperation

    This year’s observance of the United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation comes amid intensifying international efforts to accelerate progress on the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals by the end of 2015, the internationally agreed deadline. Concurrently, the South has assumed a greater role in the global development landscape. In many developing countries incomes are up, poverty is declining and hope is rising.

  • 12 Aug 2013
    Sierra Leone issues the first “Status of Youth” report

    Sierra Leone today launched its first ever “Status of the Youth” report, painting the most comprehensive situation update on youth employment, education, well-being and participation in the development process. “We know that a nation can only rise with its youths,” said Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma, launching the report on International Youth Day in the presence of the country’s development partners, including Executive Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Jens Anders Toyberg-Frandzen.

  • 02 Aug 2013
    Ministers launch Local Economic Development Projects in Kenema

    A brand new city abattoir equipped with a refrigerator room and a water purification center were built by the Kenema City Council while the Kenema District Council undertook the construction of a community health center in Hangha Town, outside Kenema city. The projects were funded UNDP and the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) under the Local Government and Economic Development Joint Programme (LGED-JP) and the Gender Equitable Local Development (GELD) Programme also supported by UN-WOMEN

  • 23 Jul 2013
    “Let us seize the opportunity to build a better, more livable continent for all”: UN Development Chief for Africa

    New York, Dakar: 23 July, 2013 - Abdoulaye Mar Dièye assumed his role yesterday as Head of the Regional Bureau for Africa (RBA) and Assistant Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Mr. Dièye was appointed to his post by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. A Senegalese national, he brings to the bureau and region years of distinguished experience, most recently as UNDP Chief of Staff and Director of the Executive Office.

  • 18 Jul 2013
    UN Secretary-General's message on Nelson Manela international day

    This year’s commemoration of Nelson Mandela International Day comes at a moment of deep reflection on the life and work of Madiba, as the universally revered leader remains in the hospital.

  • 05 Jun 2013
    Sierra Leone celebrates World Environmental Day 2013 and launches Small Grants Programme

    The UN family in collaboration with the Environment Protection Agency of Sierra Leone, various government departments working on environment have organized two separate events, including the launch of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme to mark this year’s World Environmental Day, June 5th in Freetown.

  • 03 Jun 2013
    UNDP - NAYCOM 2013 Graduate Internship Programme commences

    The National Youth Commission, with technical support from UNDP, has today Monday 3rd June, commenced the second year of the Graduate Internship Programme (GIP), with the aim of promoting decent employment opportunities for Sierra Leonean graduate youths. The Programme, which was successfully piloted last year will benefit over 300 graduates from tertiary education institutions wishing to acquire productive work experience.

  • 27 May 2013
    Africa making great strides toward many MDG targets yet serious challenges remain, new report says

    Addis Ababa, 27 May 2013 – Converting Africa’s impressive economic performance over the past decade into greater gains on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) remains a primary challenge for Africa, according to a new report

  • 27 May 2013
    Natural resources can fuel Africa’s economic transformation Sustainable development rests on diversification and investments in human capital

    Marrakesh, 27 May 2013 –Africa’s agricultural, mining and energy resources could boost the continent’s economic growth and pave the way for a breakthrough in human development, according to the African Economic Outlook 2013, released here today. The report is produced annually by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the OECD Development Centre, the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

  • 10 May 2013
    Creating business and market opportunities for Africa’s poor is key, says new UNDP report

    Cape Town, 10 May – Involving low-income communities in markets and businesses across Africa is essential for economic growth to translate into sustainable development, according to a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report released today.

  • 01 May 2013
    UNDP Sierra Leone launches new website on Adobe CQ5

    UNDP in Sierra Leone joined a list of other UNDP country offices that are upgrading their online presence through UNDP‘s Web Upgrade Project, which seeks to develop high standards of online communication across UNDP. “As Sierra Leone moves forward to consolidate democracy, review the constitution and continue to enhance inclusive economic growth, the new UNDP website will be a good source of information for the public and partners”, said Mohamed Abchir, acting Country Director.

  • 12 Apr 2013
    Jens Anders Toyberg-Frandzen: Statement on the Round Table Conference on MDGs in Sierra Leone. April 2013.

    I am very pleased to be here at this Round Table Conference as part of the global MDG Momentum: 1000 days of Action. My thanks go to the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Dr Kaifala Marah and the Government for holding of this round table discussion. This is testament to the Government’s commitment to advancing the MDGs and sustainable human development in Sierra Leone. It is also a pleasure to see our partners and colleagues from various agencies, civil society and academia all contributing to achieving the MDGs in diverse ways.