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  • 12 Apr 2013
    40 ECOWAS Volunteers in Sierra Leone’s health and education sectors by end of April

    A mission from the ECOWAS Volunteers Programme’s (EVP) Regional Office, led by the Director of the ECOWAS Youth and Sports Development Centre in Ouagadougou, was in Sierra Leone from 8th to 12th April to fast-track the deployment of the 40 ECOWAS Volunteers earmarked for the health and education sectors of the country. The team met with key stakeholders, including the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology; Ministry of Health and Sanitation; Ministry of Youth Affairs and the Ministry of Sports, as well as various other stakeholders from the civil society and UNDP/UNV who are technical partners to the Programme.

  • 05 Apr 2013
    UN calls for accelerated action with 1,000 days to go on Millennium Development Goals

    The United Nations and its partners around the world are today observing the milestone of 1,000 days to the end of 2015 – the target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Starting today (5 April) – the actual milestone date – through to Friday 12 April, UN offices around the world are working with governments, civil society and international partners to mark “MDG Momentum: 1,000 Days of Action” in a variety of ways.

  • 19 Mar 2013
    Human Development Report 2013 launched in Sierra Leone.

    With Sierra Leone recording one of the fastest growth in human development index in African since 2000, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, Dr. Samura Kamara has launched the Human Development Report 2013 titled “The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World” at the State Hall, Parliament building in Freetown, yesterday 19th March 2013, attended by ministers of government, foreign diplomatic missions, members of parliament, senior government officials, civil society activists and representatives from the academia.

  • 14 Mar 2013
    Global South is key to accelerating Human Development in sub- Saharan Africa

    "The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World" – will be launched on 14 March in Mexico City by President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico and UNDP Administrator Helen Clark. The 2013 Human Development Report examines the profound shift in global dynamics driven by the fast-rising new powers of the developing world and its long-term implications for human development.

  • 21 Feb 2013
    Government of Sierra Leone, UNDP agree and sign Country Programme Action Plan for 2013-2014

    The Government of Sierra Leone and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have signed the Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP) at the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, last week in Freetown on the eve of the inauguration of the President of Sierra Leone for his second five year term, agreeing on the strategic priorities for the next two years.

  • 04 Feb 2013
    Moyamba District Council commissions new socio-economic projects

    The newly appointed Minister of Local Government and Rural development (MLGRD), Hon Mrs. Diana Konomanyi has commissioned a rural market and a Community Resource Centre for youth in the Sembehun and Moyamba towns, Southern Sierra Leone last week as part of the UNDP/UNCDF funded Local Government Economic Development Joint Programme (LGED-JP).

  • 16 Nov 2012
    Sierra Leone votes in landmark elections

    Sierra Leone headed to the polls on 17 November to elect a new president, national assembly, mayors and local councils. The complex election marks a critical milestone for the country, ten years after the end of its brutal civil war.

  • 19 Oct 2012
    Public Elections Act 2012: Training workshop for police investigators and prosecutors - Ms. Mia Seppo, UNDP Sierra Leone Country Director

    This workshop has been long in the making. It is part of a concerted effort, by partners, Government of Sierra Leone and the donor community, to provide critical support to strengthen the capacity of key stakeholders in the electoral process thereby ensuring that the capacities are in place to ensure free and fair, transparent and non-violent elections.

  • 15 Oct 2012
    Mano River Union consultative meeting on the Rio+20 conference and way forward - Ms. Mia Seppo, UNDP Sierra Leone Country Director

    I wish to extend a warm welcome to all of you to this important consultative meeting on Reflection of Rio+20 Conference and the way forward. This regional meeting, hosted by UNDP Sierra Leone in collaboration with the MRU, EPA SL, and Ministry of Energy and Water Resources, aims to reflect on the Rio+20 conference outcome and to discuss their implications on different sectors in the Mano River Union countries.

  • 14 Aug 2012
    Deputy Minister urges Paramount Chiefs to 'Strive to become modern chiefs of the 21st Century'

    Sierra Leone’s Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hon Hadiru Kalokoh, has called on Paramount Chiefs and tribal headmen to “Strive to become modern chiefs of the 21st century … chiefs who administer their subjects using modern tenets of democracy and human rights as against the old ways of absolute monarchy coercion” at the launch of the Government’s newly formulated Chiefdom and Traditional Administration Policy in the four major cities of Kenema, Bo, Makeni and Freetown.

  • 22 Apr 2012
    Sierra Leone joins thousands around the world to make film history

    Mr. Anthony Koroma, commissioner of the National Youth Commission, Sierra Leone, joined over 200 (mainly youths) representing secondary schools in Freetown, civil society organizations, environmental NGO Green Scenery, peace activists, university students from Fourah Bay College, Njala University, College of Medicine, Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM) to see the One Day on Earth film and be part of film history at the Cruzer Cinema, Lagoonda Complex, Sunday 22nd April.

  • 23 Mar 2012
    Celebration of international Women's Day (IWD) - Ms. Mia Seppo, UNDP Sierra Leone Country Director

    On behalf of the United Nations and its Gender Theme Group, I’m honored to be here today celebrating IWD on the theme: Empowering Girls and Women for an Inspiring Future. Women face discrimination and prejudice. Yet all over the world, in Tunisia, in Kenya, in Saudi Arabia, in Sierra Leone, women continue to work hard to make a difference, to alter their lives and the lives of others.

  • 20 Feb 2012
    Sierra Leone Government installs automatic weather stations

    Sierra Leone’s Meteorological Department (SLMD) has installed the final set of six state of the art Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) at the Lungi International Airport, Freetown over the weekend with support from UNDP and UNEP. The other weather stations have already been installed at Fourah Bay College campus in Freetown as well as in Kabala and Rokupr in Northern Sierra Leone and Njala and Kenema in the South and East of the country respectively.

  • 30 Jan 2012
    Eradicating sexual and gender based violence through saturday courts

    In a recent community outreach session organized by the Family Support Unit (FSU) in Kenema, civil society activists, community members and police officers joined mostly teenage pupils in the streets to raise awareness on the rise of sexual and gender based violence. During the rally that followed, one of the community activists, Christiana Massaquoi expressed the feelings of many present when she said: “Sexual abuse is a menace in our society… it must be eliminated in our communities.”

  • 30 Jan 2012
    From market beggar to shoe producer in Sierra Leone – “The most important thing is that now I have hope for the future”

    The story of Umaru Kargbo, in Sierra Leone’s Northern City of Makeni, 113 miles from the capital city of Freetown, is one of resilience and of sheer determination to lift oneself out of poverty. It is also the story of how a country riddled by suffering and stagnation caused by years of civil war and gun-toting youths rampaging through the countryside is emerging slowly into one where its hitherto marginalized youths are participating in national development and social transformation.

  • 30 Nov 2011
    UNDP hands over furniture and equipment to new Civil Service College

    The Chief of Staff at the Office of the President, Dr. Kaifala Marah has said that the handing over of equipment to the newly established Civil Service Training College (CSTC) “signals the beginning of transformation of the Sierra Leone civil service” at a short ceremony attended by Director of the Public Service Reform Unit (PSRU) Dr. Julius Sandy, Director of the Human Resource Management Office (HRMO), Ernest Surrur, UNDP Country Director Ms Mia Seppo and a visiting Kenyan delegation including Professor Margaret Kobia, Director of Kenya School of Government at Tower Hill, Freetown Wednesday 30th November 2011.

  • 25 Nov 2011
    Official launch of the National Youth Commission - Ms. Mia Seppo, UNDP Sierra Leone Country Director

    I would like to start by recognizing the youth. It is for you and the future of Sierra Leone that we are here today. I am very happy to see so many of you here today and I’m looking forward to learning more about your ideas and vision for how you will be working with the Youth Commission. I hope that you will share with your friends the messages that are made here today.

  • 21 Nov 2011
    UNDP and Family Support Unit end community outreach and training to reverse “Menace of gender based violence” in Makeni, Bo, Kenema and Freetown

    UNDP and the Family Support Unit (FSU) of the Sierra Leone Police have ended series of community outreach sessions across the country to help end the “menace of Sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) that is on the increase since the end of the war.” The outreach sessions in all four cities, included a float parade with brass brands in the major streets, starting in Makeni on the 8th November and ended in Freetown Monday 21st November 2011.

  • 14 Nov 2011
    Deputy Minister of Finance launches UNDP Human Development Report 2011 in Freetown

    The Deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Development Hon Alhaji Foday Mansaray, has launched the Human Development Report 2011, at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone in Freetown on Friday 11th November, 2011.

  • 11 Nov 2011
    UNDP and UNEP support restoration of meteorological services in Sierra Leone

    Accurate and timely weather information is taken for granted in much of the world, but it is almost entirely absent in Sierra Leone as much of the country's meteorological infrastructure was lost during the decade-long civil war. It is against this background that UNDP, in collaboration with the UN’s Environment Programme (UNEP) is supporting efforts to restore weather and climate services in Sierra Leone.