On the 31rst of October 2019 the United Nations System in Sierra Leone represented by the Resident Coordinator Mr. Sunil Saigal, and the Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Dr. Francis Kaikai, signed the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework UNSDCF, for the period 2020-2023.
The UNSDCF 2020-2023 defines how the UN system in Sierra Leone will support the implementation of Sierra Leone’s Medium-Term National Development Plan (MTNDP) 2019-2023 and the progress towards the achievement of the 17 global Sustainable Development Goals while ensuring that no-one is left behind.
The UNSDCF was created through a participative process with contributions from all UN agencies operating in Sierra Leone, Government, international development partners, non-governmental and civil society organizations and private sector entities. The analytical basis for the UNSDCF is the Common Country Analysis (CCA), prepared in 2018 in consultation with the various partners.
The UN Country Team (UNCT) in Sierra Leone and its partners jointly identified four strategic and mutually reinforcing priority areas for the UNSDCF cycle 2020-2023, namely:
- Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Security: By 2023, Sierra Leone benefits from more productive, commercialized and sustainable agriculture, improved food and nutrition security, and increased resilience to climate change and other shocks.
- Transformational Governance: By 2023, people in Sierra Leone benefit from more gender and youth responsive institutions that are innovative, accountable, and transparent at all levels and can better advance respect for human rights and the rule of law, equity, peaceful coexistence, and the protection of boys and girls, women and men including those with disabilities.
- Access to Basic Services: By 2023, the population of Sierra Leone, particularly the most disadvantaged and vulnerable, will benefit from increased and more equitable access to and utilization of quality education, health care, energy and WASH services, including during emergencies.
- Protection and Empowerment of the Most Vulnerable: By 2023, the most vulnerable, particularly women, youth, adolescents and children (especially girls), and persons with disabilities, are empowered and benefit from increased social and economic opportunities.
For a brief summary watch the Sierra Leone UNSDCF Video:
The UNSDCF 2020-2023 is the successor of The United Nations Assistance Development Framework (UNDAF) 2015-2018 (extended to 2019) which was particularly significant for the people of Sierra Leone because it follows the departure of UN Peacekeepers (UNAMSIL) and UN Peacebuilders (UNIOSIL and UNIPSIL) from the country. The decision to close UNIPSIL on 31st March 2014 marked the end of a decade of Security Council engagement with Sierra Leone.
For some highlights of what was achieved during the UNDAF 2015-2019 cycle, watch it here: