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  • 18 Aug 2014
    UN launches $18m additional appeal for Ebola response

    The United Nations in Sierra Leone has said today that an additional $18 million is needed to bolster the Government of Sierra Leone’s efforts in halting the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). The disease has now spread to 12 of 13 districts in the country with a cumulative total of more than 800 EVD cases and 350 deaths.

  • 07 Aug 2014
    Ebola could set back development, says UN

    The UN says action will be needed to protect vulnerable communities and their development achievements from the potential long-term effects of Ebola in West Africa. The largest ever outbreak of the disease has now claimed hundreds of lives in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with a few cases in Nigeria.

  • 25 Jul 2014
    David McLachlan-Karr: Statement on the National Launch of 2014 Human Development Report

    The 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.

  • 25 Jul 2014
    Sierra Leone moves one place up the human development index but inequality and multidimensional poverty still very high

    Sierra Leone has moved one place up in the latest Human Development Report from 184th to 183rd, a marginal increase but the highest increase among the Mano River Union (MRU) and G7+ countries but multidimensional poverty and inequality is among the highest in the world despite recent high economic growth according to the latest report launched in Tokyo and later in Freetown last week. The report states that while income poverty is 52.9%, 72.7% of Sierra Leoneans are multidimensional poor, among the highest in the world and comes amidst the potentially devastating Ebola health shock.

  • 24 Jul 2014
    2014 Human Development Report

    “Africa is enjoying higher levels of economic growth and well-being, but insecurity, as well as natural or human-induced disasters, persists in some parts of the region,” said Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, the Director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Africa. “Withstanding crises and protecting the most vulnerable, who are the most affected, are key to ensuring development progress is sustainable and inclusive.”

  • 08 Jul 2014
    Partners assess UNDP’s contribution to development results

    John Sumaila, Development Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MOFED) said UNDP has been a strong pillar in supporting the Government’s development and economic transformation agenda with technical and development expertise.

  • 25 Jun 2014
    David McLachlan-Karr: UN Resident Coordinator's statement to the press

    I 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.

  • 17 Jun 2014
    UNDP Director calls for the constitutional review process to enhance lasting peace.

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

  • 05 Jun 2014
    Sudipto Mukerjee: Message on World Environment Day, 5 June 2014

    The 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.

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

    This 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 .

  • 15 Apr 2014
    Sierra Leone launches US$217.5m youth programme to create one million new jobs

    The president of Sierra Leone Ernest Bai Koroma has launched an ambitious US$ 217.5m, three year National Youth Programme that seeks to create one million decent new jobs - the first ever and biggest national youth programme – reminding the nation that “the nation can only move forward when its youths step forward” at the Miatta Conference Hall in Freetown yesterday.

  • 02 Apr 2014
    Call for Parliamentarians to support African Position on the future Post-2015 Development Agenda in Africa.

    United Nations Development Programme Country Director, Sudipto Mukerjee has told parliamentarians in Freetown on Monday that the Common African Position on the Post-2015 development agenda seeks to re-orient the development paradigm away from externally-driven initiatives and towards domestically inspired and funded initiatives that will enhance the structural economic transformation of Africa.

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

    Just 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.

  • 26 Mar 2014
    Statement by Mr. Jens Anders Toyberg-Frandzen, Executive Representative of the Secretary-General, Security Council Meeting on Sierra Leone

    As the Council is also aware, the country has made remarkable strides in post-conflict recovery, democratic transition and peace consolidation. Indeed, the general atmosphere of peace that now prevails is the culmination of more than fifteen years of successive Security Council mandated peace operations in the country

  • 14 Mar 2014
    Statement on the death of former President Kabbah

    The Executive Representative of the Secretary-General is saddened by the death of former President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah of Sierra Leone on 13 March 2014. He offers his condolences to the bereaved family, the Government and people of Sierra Leone.

  • 05 Mar 2014
    Sierra Leone an inspiring example for international peacebuilding - UN Chief

    "The completion of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office, UNIPSIL, marks the end of more than 15 years of successive peace and political operations that all played critical roles in supporting Sierra Leone’s remarkable transition from war to peace," United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated during a joint press conference with Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma.

  • 21 Feb 2014
    Civil registration to benefit citizens and improve service delivery

    Chief Registrar and head of the National Registration Secretariat (NRS), Dr Max Sesay, has said that a new UNDP supported civil registration project will help the Government consolidate citizens data and enhance the effective delivery of services as well as improve monitoring of government programmes and policies, during a Technical Taskforce Workshop in Freetown, Friday February 21 Friday.

  • 20 Feb 2014
    Sudipto Mukerjee: Statement at a Technical Taskforce Workshop on Integrated National Civil Register Project in Sierra Leone. Hill Valley Hotel, Freetown

    I have personally witnessed the build up of a great momentum both at political and technical level within the GOSL. For me, personally, this is a very interesting period to be here in Sierra Leone as coming from India, I have seen how a similar project is being rolled out very successfully and in a big way.

  • 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.