Sierra Leone : UN, Government of Sierra Leone signs UN sustainable Development Frame work

From L- R , Minister of Planning and Economic Development Dr. Francis Kai-Kai together with United Nations Resident Coordinator, Sunil Saigal during the signing.

By Ishmael Sallieu Koroma

The
United Nations in Sierra Leone and the Government of Sierra Leone through the
Ministry of planning and Economic Developmnmnt  has on Thursday  signed the United Nations Sustainable Developmnmnt
Framework 2020-2023 at the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development  office on Tower Hill in Freetown.

The
UN Frame work is derived from and aligned with the Government’s Medium-term
National Development Plan will be implemented under the joint Government -UN
oversight.

Speaking
at the ceremony for the signature of the United Nations Sustainable Development
Framework, the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Sunil Saigal said the
timing of the new framework for the UN’ support to Sierra Leone , which they
are signing today is not coincidental adding that in Sierra Leone as elsewhere,
the overall programming cycle of the UN system follows the national planning
cycles.

“The
logic is of course that the new cooperation Framework should directly support
the implementation of the Medium -Term National Development Plan and the
progress of Sierra Leone towards Development Goals (SDGs),’’he said.

He
added that with the new Cooperation Framework starting with the new year, they
are also completing the current Framework ,the UNDAF which he stated has run
from 2015-2019 which was extended for a year to accommodate the national
planning process.

‘’we
are currently in the process of evaluating the results achieved under the
current framework -and without precipitating the result of that evaluation, and
without being able to list all the areas in which the UN system has worked over
the past five years -let me just say that we have supported practically all
areas of national priority in regard   to
long term development,’’ Sunil Saigal further said, adding that the UN
supported emergency response and recovery , not least during and after the
Ebola crisis , following the 2017 mudslide disaster , and in connection with
floods and other emergencies.

The
UN Resident Coordinator went on to say, in reflecting on the work of the UN
system over the past five years they have recognised and deeply appreciated the
excellent collaboration which they have enjoyed with the authorities and the
various communities in which they have worked as well as the tremendous and
generous support of their many partners.

“Collaboration
, coordination and indeed partnership are key principles as we move forward
with our new framework . As many of you will know , the UN Developmnmnt
Assistance Framework is now being replaced by the UN Sustainable Development
Cooperation Framework focusing as the name indicates, on sustainable development;
namely the sustainable development Goals; and on cooperation, ‘’ Mr. Sunil
Saigal lamented.

Saigal
further said the new UNSDCF is one of the immediate results of the reforms of
the UN development system which were implemented at the beginning of this year
adding that in addition to a strong and direct focus on the SDGs, the new
Framework is characterized by a stronger link to national priorities and by stronger
mutual accountability between the UN system and the Government as well as a requirement
for stronger and better coordination between the various parts of the UN
system.

‘’Through
it, the UN will support sustainable agriculture, food security and resilience
to climate change; we will support transformative governance , including
decentralization and access to justice at the local levels; we will support
better access to basic services , including education , health , water ,
sanitation and energy; we will support the protection and empowerment of the
most vulnerable groups in society , including women , children , young people
and people with disabilities,’’

On
his part ,the Minister of Planning and Economic Development , Dr. Francis Kai –
Kai  said as a ministry they were very
excited and pleased with the signing of the Sustainable Development Frame work  adding  that they will make sure that it becomes the
working document for the United Nations.

“We
started our district sensitization of the medium-term plan already . So, I
believe from what we did in Kambia the last time , which was exceptional . I
think the people of Kambia were happy and other districts are looking forward
to this, they were pleased to participate in the process to validate their own
results . The surveys in the medium-term plan,’’ he said.

He
stressed the need to work together to make sure that in all the districts
people know about the country’s development plan and expressed delight for  the collaborative work the UN family has done
over the years with government.

source: https://panafricanvisions.com/2019/11/sierra-leone-un-government-of-sierra-leone-signs-un-sustainable-development-frame-work/

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