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  • 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 a more sustainable, people-centred mining agenda

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 www.careers.sl, 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