The role of the UN is to support Sierra Leone in implementing its Government’s Agenda for Prosperity (2013-2018) as well as other internationally agreed goals and treaties.
The United Nations does this through capacity development, technical assistance, policy advice, programming support, and coordination with government, national authorities, donors, civil society, the media, non-governmental organizations and local communities. Underlying the work of the United Nations in Sierra Leone are the values enshrined within the UN Charter and Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
In partnership with the Government, and the people of Sierra Leone, the United Nations is working to ensure that all Sierra Leoneans, especially the most vulnerable, are alleviated from poverty and injustice.
The UN Charter and Universal Declaration of Human Rights, together with the seven core conventions, provide overall guidance to the UN system in Sierra Leone. The Millennium Declaration and the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) define its strategic operational objectives in the area of development and constitute the basis for holding the UN system accountable for delivering results.
UN Sierra Leone Joint Vision
The United Nations strives to be a leading force in a peaceful Sierra Leone, contributing to sustainable and inclusive human and economic development, where everybody is able to shape and control their lives and help develop their communities.
It works to support Sierra Leones’s Agenda for Prosperity (AfP) through social and economic development, using an equitable, sustainable and people-centered approach, in support of the United Nations Charter. The Transitional Joint Vision, an Integrated Strategic Framework (ISF) and the United Nations Development Action Framework (UNDAF) as of 2015, inform the work of the UN in support of the Agenda for Prosperity.
The UN is committed to the UN reform process, and upholds the resolutions set forward in United Nations world conferences. It promotes the implementation of its plans of action through its programmes and activities in Sierra Leone.
The UN believes in the principles of mutual respect, equality and participation for sound social, economic and political development and is dedicated to collaborating and cooperating with national and international counterparts in response to the challenges facing Sierra Leone.
The United Nations has a vision of a Sierra Leone where:
- National institutions will be strengthened to perform their core functions more effectively and deliver services at national and local levels in a transparent and equitable manner;
- Smallholders’ agricultural production will increase and food security will be improved;
- Natural resources will be sustainably and equitably managed and threats and impacts from natural and man-made disasters reduced;
- The capacity and regulatory framework for human rights, gender equality and child protection will be strengthened;
- The access and the quality of basic education for girls and boys will be improved;
- A universal access to comprehensive and quality healthcare services will be enhanced andpeople in rural and urban areas have access to sustainable water and sanitation facilities
- An enabling environment for investment and employment creation will be improved.
Key Values and Principles
In accordance with the United Nations Millennium Declaration, the UN adopts the values and principles below in its work as the United Nations in Sierra Leone (as quoted from General Assembly Resolution 55/2 of 8 September 2000):
“We consider certain fundamental values to be essential to international relations in the twenty-first century. These include:
Freedom. Men and women have the right to live their lives and raise their children in dignity, free from hunger and from the fear of violence, oppression or injustice. Democratic and participatory governance based on the will of the people best assures these rights.
Equality. No individual and no nation must be denied the opportunity to benefit from development. The equal rights and opportunities of women and men must be assured.
Solidarity. Global challenges must be managed in a way that distributes the costs and burdens fairly in accordance with basic principles of equity and social justice. Those who suffer or who benefit least deserve help from those who benefit most.
Tolerance. Human beings must respect one another, in all their diversity of belief, culture and language. Differences within and between societies should be neither feared nor repressed, but cherished as a precious asset of humanity. A culture of peace and dialogue among all civilizations should be actively promoted.
Respect for nature. Prudence must be shown in the management of all living species and natural resources, in accordance with the precepts of sustainable development. Only in this way can the immeasurable riches provided to us by nature be preserved and passed on to our descendants. The current unsustainable patterns of production and consumption must be changed in the interest of our future welfare and that of our descendants.
Shared responsibility. Responsibility for managing worldwide economic and social development, as well as threats to international peace and security, must be shared among the nations of the world and should be exercised multilaterally. As the most universal and most representative organization in the world, the United Nations must play the central role.”
UN Sierra Leone is about prosperity, impartiality, accountability, transparency, integrity, non-discrimination, protection and empowerment of children and women, pro-active promotion of gender equality, inclusiveness, and agent of positive change and peace.