The Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Dr. Francis Kai-Kai, on Thursday 30th October, 2019, signed the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) for Sierra Leone (2020-2030) with the United Nations Resident team at the Ministry’s Conference Hall in Freetown.
Sequel to the above, on the 10th of October this year, a One-day validation workshop on the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework for Sierra Leone was organized by the United Nations Resident Team to introspectively assess and validate the draft UNSDCF 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 Organizations. The validation 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.
Minister Kai-Kai said that the framework emphasizes on very important areas, which are key to moving forward the idea of Leaving No One behind. He noted the Ministry’s efforts in reaching out to the 16 Districts for discussion and ownership of the MTNDP, a process, which he said, will firstly target those Districts that are considered to be among the poorest in the country.
Speaking on the Principle of an Integrated Approach, Dr. Kai-Kai called for more coordination, cooperation among the UN Agencies, the Non-government Organizations sector and the government. He urged the UN Family to use the data provided by the just launched Sierra Leone Integrated Household Survey (SLIHS 2019) report as an important tool to inform the baseline that the UN Country Team have established for each of the sectors.
The Minister noted that in order to measure up progress that is credible, the dataset generated by Statistic Sierra Leone should used both Nationally and Internationally to influence the way ranking system is done.
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