The Role of the United Nations in Sierra Leone
The primary role of the collective United Nations system in Sierra Leone is to support the country on its path to sustainable development.
The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Sierra Leone consists of all the 22 UN agencies, funds and programmes in Sierra Leone. The UNCT works “as one” to support development.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 goals for people and planet. We have set up a special website for those of you who are interested in learning more about the SDGs.
Here you may read some of what the UN is working with in COVID19 response and other related activities in Sierra LeonContinue reading UN in Sierra Leone COVID19 Response →
The UN Resident Coordinator in Sierra Leone press statement regarding sexual violence against women and girlsContinue reading The UN Resident Coordinator in Sierra Leone press statement regarding sexual violence against women and girls →
Energy access, energy efficiency and the increased use of renewable energy are a crucial part of creating more sustainable, inclusive and resilient communities. Energy access is essential to improving food security, job creation, spur economic growth whilst addressing security concerns and empowering women as they play a key role in the sector. Affordable, reliable and sustainable energy access lies at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), goal 7 calls for “affordable and clean energy”.Continue reading Better access to energy for rural communities in Sierra Leone →
On 07 May 2020 the UN launched the updated COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan. The COVID-19 Global HRP is a joint effort by members of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), including UN, other international organizations and NGOs with a humanitarian mandate, to analyse and respond to the direct public health and indirect immediate humanitarian consequences of the pandemic, particularly on people in countries already facing other crises.Continue reading COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan →
Statement of the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Sierra Leone, regarding violent incidents, which occurred on 29 April 2020 in the Central Correctional Facility at Pademba Road in Freetown.Continue reading Statement of the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Sierra Leone, regarding violent incidents, which occurred on 29 April 2020 in the Central Correctional Facility at Pademba Road in Freetown →
nited Nations Development Programme (UNDP) together with World Food Programme (WFP) and the Government of Sierra Leone on Tuesday 3rd December 2019 launched a joint project entitled “Mitigating Localized Resources-based Conflicts and Increasing Community Resilience” to be piloted in Pujehun and Moyamba districts of Sierra Leone.Continue reading UNDP and WFP Launch New Peacebuilding Project to Mitigate Localized Resource-based Conflicts and Increase Community Resilience in Sierra Leone →
Our world faces a common enemy: COVID-19.
The virus does not care about nationality or ethnicity, faction or faith. It attacks all, relentlessly.
Meanwhile, armed conflict rages on around the world.
The most vulnerable — women and children, people with disabilities, the marginalized and the displaced — pay the highest price.Continue reading THE SECRETARY-GENERAL – APPEAL FOR GLOBAL CEASE-FIRE →
Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio officially commissioned the turning-on of lights in 54 rural communities across the country this week, as a part of the Rural Renewable Energy Project (RREP). “This project will help support small-scale enterprises by stimulating economic activities and will also help agricultural activities,” said President Bio. “We will replicateContinue reading Lights Switched on for the first time across Sierra Leone →
The Sustainable Development Goals—our shared vision to end poverty, rescue the planet and build a peaceful world—are gaining global momentum.With just 10 years to go, an ambitious global effort is underway to deliver the 2030 promise—by mobilizing more governments, civil society, businesses and calling on all people to make the Global Goals their own.Continue reading Decade of Action →
This is where the work of UNICEF and its child protection partners comes in, each of whom support the Government in addressing these issues across the country. However, with only 53 government social workers nationwide and a limited operating budget, the social work sector remains largely underequipped to tackle such an emergency.Continue reading Ensuring access to services for vulnerable children in Sierra Leone →
UNFPA supported the National Secretariat for the Reduction of Teenage Pregnancy to establish a youth advisory panel consisting of 16 youth champions passionate about reducing teenage pregnancy and ending child marriageContinue reading Youth champion breaking barriers for disability →
The new United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) 2020-2023 is the strategic plan of the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) contributing to the national development priorities and strategies of the Government of Sierra Leone, as established in the Medium-Term National Development Plan (MTNDP) 2019-2023.Continue reading The New United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework UNSDCF Sierra Leone 2020-2023 →
A JOINT UNITED NATIONS INITIATIVE TO ACHIEVE THE GLOBAL GOALS – THE LIFE OF YOUNG MINER
When twenty-nine-year-old Tamba Gbundeh was a young boy growing up in Tombodu Village, a small rural community in the outskirts of Kono district, the only way he knew to survive was to dig and to dive for Sierra Leone’s precious diamonds – which were in abundance back then. Tamba, like many of his peers, did not have the opportunity to attend school since his father, an artisanal miner, had no money to send him. Consequently, Tamba threw himself into searching for gems, seeing it as the only possible way he could make it out of the shackles of poverty.Continue reading FROM HUNTING ELUSIVE GEMS TO expanding an AGRIBUSINESS – TAMBA’S STORY →
11 October 2019 Today, more than 1 billion girls younger than 18 are poised to take on the future. Every day, they are challenging stereotypes and breaking barriers. Girls are organizing and leading movements to tackle issues such as child marriage, education inequality, violence and the climate crisis. As the theme of this year’s observance underscores, theyContinue reading THE SECRETARY-GENERAL MESSAGE ON INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD →
2 October 2019 This International Day of Non-Violence marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, the renowned global icon of peace. His vision continues to resonate across the world, including through the work of the United Nations for mutual understanding, equality, sustainable development, the empowerment of young people, and the peaceful resolutionContinue reading THE SECRETARY- GENERAL MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF NON-VIOLENCE →
This year we mark International Day of Peace as we prepare to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This foundational document is a reminder that peace takes root when people are free from hunger, poverty and oppression and can thrive and prosper. With the Universal Declaration of Human Rights asContinue reading The Secretary-General’s Message for the International Day of Peace →
By Angelique Reid, Communications Specialist, UNFPA Sierra Leone PUJEHUN, Sierra Leone, 20 August 2018 – Sierra Leone ranks as the 18th country with the highest prevalence of child marriage globally, with 38.9 percent of girls married before age 18 among 20-24 years, and 12.5 percent married before age 15 among 20-24 years (DHS, 2013). SierraContinue reading Empowering adolescents through Girls’ Clubs →
By Angelique Reid, Communications Specialist, UNFPA Sierra Leone FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 17 August 2018 – A two-day national stakeholders workshop took place to discuss the way forward for the implementation of comprehensive sexuality education in Sierra Leone. The national workshop, which brought together key stakeholders from across the country, was organized by the Ministry of Basic and SeniorContinue reading National stakeholders workshop kick-starts roll out of Comprehensive Sexuality Education in Sierra Leone →