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THE MINISTER OF PLANNING ADDRESSES THE VALIDATION WORKSHOP ON THE UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION FRAMEWORK

THE MINISTER OF PLANNING ADDRESSES THE VALIDATION WORKSHOP ON THE UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION FRAMEWORK _

The Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Dr. Francis M. Kai- Kai, has on Tuesday, 10th September 2019, addressed participants at a One-day validation workshop of the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) for Sierra Leone, 2020-2030, organized by the UN Family at the Conference Room 1, at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Freetown.

The aim of the workshop is to introspectively assess and validate the current draft of the UNSDCF 2020-2030 and its alignment with the Government’s Medium Term National Development Plan (MTNDP)2019-2023, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Development Partners and Civil Society Organisations.

The exercise focuses on four strategic priority areas— Agriculture, Food and Nutrition; Governance; Basic Services; and Protection and Empowerment of the Most Vulnerable and how it relates with the Eight (8) policy clusters of the (MTNDP).

In his opening statement, the Minister expressed his appreciation to the UN family and other representatives for the step taken towards validating the draft document; and noted the importance of the United Nations’ broad support to the sustained assistance of the country’s socioeconomic transformation.

Dr. KaiKai said, “we have carefully read the draft partnership framework, which we thankfully find comprehensive and to a large extent aligned to Sierra Leone’s new Medium Term National Development Plan (2019-2023), as well as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.

Speaking on service delivery, youth and women empowerment , Dr. KaiKai emphasised the need to provide support for national and district structures in this direction, additionally, giving more focus on capacity building and empowerment of youths, women and the vulnerable in rural areas and deprived communities in urban locations, as clearly defined in President Bio’s “New Direction Agenda”.
He called on the UN to assist the Government of Sierra Leone with establishing and strengthening a coordinated M&E for effective service delivery.

Mr. Sunil Saigal, the United Nations Resident Coordinator underscored the importance of the Cooperation Framework as a commitment to the people of Sierra Leone, particularly the most marginalised and vulnerable. He said, “It commits the UN Country Team to support achieving the national development goals and targets with a focus on leaving no one behind, as it includes the most vulnerable populations across all processes and programmes”.

The presentation of outcome results on Agriculture, Food and Nutrition , Transformative Governance, Basic Services; Protection and Empowerment of the Most Vulnerable were conducted by the Country Representatives of the FAO, WFP, UNDP, UN WOMEN, UNICEF and UNFPA.

The UNSDCF is a four-year strategic plan that guides the UN in its support to the Government and people of Sierra Leone. This will cover January 2020-December 2024.

 

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