UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board representatives visit Guinea

Apr 14, 2016

The delegation met with Guinea's Minister of Social Affairs, Women and Youth, and a coalition of women leaders and representatives of women’s associations to discuss the impact of UNDP, UNFPA and UNOPS work in post-Ebola recovery and electoral processes. Photo: UNDP Guinea

Conakry, April 14 – Representatives of the Executive Board of UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS are in Guinea for a week-long visit during which they will observe the work of the three organizations in the field. The delegation is led by Ambassador Benedicte Frankinet, Permanent Representative of Belgium to the United Nations (UN) and Vice-President of the Board.

Ambassador Frankinet is also representing the Western European and Other States Group (WEOG). She is joined by Ms Edwige Agossou Ahoussougbemey, Permanent Mission of Benin to the UN, representing the African Group; Mr. Tumasie Blair, Permanent Mission of Antigua and Barbuda to the UN, representing the Latin America and the Caribbean Group; Mr. Belal Abdulgabar Ali, Permanent Mission of Yemen to the UN, representing the Asian Group; Mr. Nikola Ivezaj, Permanent Mission of Montenegro to the UN, representing the Eastern European Group; and Andreas Denevad, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

During the field visit, the delegation will observe firsthand how the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) work with other members of the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) to support the development of Guinea. The aim is to understand the relationship of the three organizations' country programmes to Guinea's national development priorities, the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and bilateral development assistance frameworks. The delegation will also meet with the Ministers of Planning and International Cooperation; Social Affairs, Women and Children, Health, Environment, Administration and Decentralization, Security and Civil Protection, and Defence.

The delegation was welcomed to Guinea by the Minister of Justice, Mr. Cheick Sacko, the Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Ms. Kanny Diallo, and UN Resident Coordinator Ms. Séraphine Wakana.

The visit will provide opportunities to engage with members of the UN country team and discuss the impact and results of UN programmes with government counterparts and other stakeholders, including local authorities, civil society (women’s and youth organizations), donors and the diplomatic community. The delegation will also observe projects being implemented with UNDP, UNFPA and UNOPS support and visit the National Ebola Response Cell.

Guinea is in the process of solidifying its transition to democracy. Further, it is recovering from the throes of the Ebola crisis, which has had a significant negative impact on the country’s socio-economic situation. As part of the UN System, UNDP, UNFPA and UNOPS are supporting the Government of Guinea with post-Ebola recovery and other development initiatives.

Contact information

UNDP Guinea: Mamadou Saliou Diallo, mamadou.saliou.diallo@undp.org; Tel : 664 24 40 49

New York: Christina Pascual, christina.pascual@undp.org, Tel: +1 212 906 5516

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