Speeches
  • United Nations chief's message on the International Day of YouthAug 12, 2015As the world changes with unprecedented speed, young people are proving to be invaluable partners who can advance meaningful solutions. Youth movements and student groups are challenging traditional power structures and advocating a new social contract between States and societies. Young leaders have contributed fresh ideas, taken proactive measures, and mobilized through social media as never before.

  • Opening Speech at the Technical Consultations of the International Ebola Recovery ConferenceJul 9, 2015We are all very aware of the devastating impact of the Ebola crisis on the people, communities and institutions of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. This impact will be felt for decades to come unless the international community steps up its support.

  • Helen Clark's Statement on Pope Francis Encyclical on the Environment and the PoorJun 18, 2015The poor and the marginalized in our societies are the ones who are the most vulnerable to climate change, and are also the ones hardest hit by its impacts.

  • Message by United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, on Africa DayMay 25, 2015Africa continues to make steady economic, social and political progress. Overall, the continent’s economy grew by roughly 4 per cent in 2014, creating one of the longest stretches of uninterrupted positive economic expansion in Africa’s history. As a result, a growing number of Africans have joined the middle class each year. With investment in education, health and infrastructure increasing, the prospects for much of Africa are bright.

  • Statement by UNDP Administrator Helen Clark on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against WomenNov 25, 2014Violence against women and girls appears all too often in headlines across the world. But along with the cases that make the news are many thousands of other incidents occurring every day, on every continent, and in every country. According to the World Health Organization, gender-based violence kills as many women between the ages of 15 and 44 as does cancer. Its toll on women's health surpasses that of traffic accidents and malaria combined.

  • David McLachlan-Karr: Statement on the National Launch of 2014 Human Development ReportJul 25, 2014The 2014 Human Development Report highlights the need for promoting people’s choices and protecting human development achievements. It takes the view that vulnerability threatens human development and, unless it is systematically addressed, progress will be neither equitable nor sustainable.

  • David McLachlan-Karr: UN Resident Coordinator's statement to the pressJun 25, 2014I am delighted to be here. It is very exciting to be part of this critical juncture in Sierra Leone’s unfolding history and it is a real honour to have the opportunity to address all the political parties at the start of your deliberations on what a future constitution of Sierra Leone should look like.

  • Sudipto Mukerjee: UNDP message on World Environment Day, 5 June 2014Jun 5, 2014The 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.

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

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