UNDP Director calls for the constitutional review process to enhance lasting peace.

17 Jun 2014

imageYoung people in Makeni raise thier copies of the Sierra Leone 1991 constitution which they said they had seen for the first time. (Photo: UNDP/A.K.Bah)

Freetown, 18th June 2014 – United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) visiting Assistant Secretary General, Jordan Ryan has told members of Sierra Leone’s Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) that the review of the 1991 constitution will ensure that “Sierra Leone continues on the path of lasting peace and democracy” June 17th in Freetown.

Mr. Ryan who is also the Director of UNDP’s Bureau of Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR), added that the process of constitutional review in any country can be difficult as various interests and perspectives will have to be taken on board, but that “It is a noble process and at the end of the day, you will produce a constitution that all Sierra Leoneans will take pride in.”

Chairman of the Constitutional Review Committee, Justice Edmund Cowan said that the constitutional review process is a Sierra Leonean led project but “UNDP support in helping to strengthen the committee and support peace and good governance is highly significant.”

“We hope that the CRC will ensure that marginalised voices especially youth and women will have a say in the process” said the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, David McLachlan-Karr, adding  “the UN is still committed to strong sustained engagement with the people of Sierra Leone, despite the closing down of UNIPSIL.”

Earlier in the day, Ryan Jordan also met with the Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana who said “The UNDP has been wonderful in supporting our Disaster Risk Reduction efforts and the Disaster Management Department to enhance our abilities to better respond to disaster.”

Director of Disaster Management Department, Mary Mye-Kamara said “UNDP has been the backbone of the support to disaster management department.”

Jordan Ryan also participated in the 4th International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding  to support the New Deal implementation.