Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – In a significant national consultation and strategic workshop held at the Wusum Hotel Conference Hall in Makeni on 31st January, 2024, Madam Seraphine Wakana, the Resident Coordinator of UN Sierra Leone, said that the organization prioritizes inclusive development in shaping the country’s future.
During the event, Madam Wakana expressed “Inclusivity stands at the heart of the UN’s efforts to create an environment where every individual, irrespective of background or circumstance, can actively contribute to and benefit from collective growth.”
The workshop marked the initiation of a comprehensive consultation process for the development of the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework for Sierra Leone, spanning the period 2025-2030.
The Resident Coordinator spoke on the dynamic nature of the upcoming framework, underscoring its role as a living proof to their commitment to progress, equity, and sustainable development.
Recognizing the challenges posed by global economic uncertainties, she stressed the necessity for sustainability in UN Sierra Leone’s development interventions, highlighting that “Financial sustainability, environmental responsibility, and the conservation of natural resources are the crucial components, ensuring the well-being of present and future generations.”
Effective collaboration among government, UN agencies, private sectors, and civil society emerged as a key theme. The Resident Coordinator further emphasized the need for fostering an environment where innovation, entrepreneurship, and responsible business practices thrive.
In his statement, the Mayor of Makeni City, Abubakarr Kamara, echoed these sentiments, urging unity and emphasizing the importance of sustainable development, peace, and social inclusion.
At the event, transparency and accountability were underscored as cornerstones of the UN’s work. The development of the next cooperation framework will involve a transparent coordination structure, featuring regular consultations and feedback mechanisms to ensure it remains a dynamic instrument responsive to the needs of the people.
Mayor Kamara suggested “involving local development planning officers in future consultations depicts a more comprehensive approach at the grassroots level.” emphasizing the importance of inclusivity from the ground up.
Additionally, Madam Abie Kamara from the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development (MoPED), stressed the importance of developing a cooperation framework, referencing the newly launched Medium Term Development Plan (MTDP) by President Bio.
Noting that it does not only address immediate needs but also ensures long-term financial sustainability and environmental responsibility, Madam Kamara affirmed the government’s dedication to transparency and accountability.
She stated “The government will continue to support the idea of a coordinated structure that remains responsive to the evolving needs of the people,” highlighting the government’s role in ensuring that every citizen’s voice is heard and considered in shaping the blueprint for sustainable development in Sierra Leone.
The event gathered different agencies of UN and, government and civil society stakeholders, to discuss United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, connecting them with President Bio’s five significant initiatives. PSN/1/2/2024