Cote d’Ivoire: Road to recovery focus of UN Development Chief’s visit

Sep 17, 2012

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark and Cote d'Ivoire President Alassane Ouattara speak to the media after their meeting, Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire (Credit: UNDP)

Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire — Support for Cote d’Ivoire’s rapid development after years of upheaval and conflict was the focus of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark’s visit to the country

“I believe Cote d’Ivoire is on the road to recovery”, Helen Clark said. “It is important for there to continue to be international support for its path to peace, justice, and reconciliation; economic and social recovery; and good governance.”

Helen Clark said that UNDP and other UN actors would be pleased to help mobilise support for a programme of disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration of former fighters, estimated at some tens of thousands, in the interests of securing peace and stability.

In 2011, President Ouatarra was formally inaugurated and Cote D’Ivoire held its first parliamentary election in over a decade, establishing the new National Assembly. Helen Clark met with the President, senior ministers, and the President of the Parliament during her visit.

She also met with members of the Dialogue, Truth, and Reconciliation Commission; leaders of the opposition parties, and of women’s and civil society organisations, development partners, and the UN Country Team and UNDP staff.

“Opposition leaders stated that they accept the authority of the President, and they will seek power through the ballot box,” said Helen Clark.  “They were clear that violence can only bring further chaos and that political dialogue is important in order for Cote d’Ivoire to move ahead.”

Helen Clark also traveled to Guiglo in the western area of the country, which has been affected by recent conflict, where the restored prefecture building and the new joint UN premises were inaugurated.  She also visited a UNDP-supported fishing co-operative in Port-Bouet which is creating jobs for young people, and visited Grand-Bassam, a newly listed UNESCO World Heritage site.

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