The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Statement by Senior UN Official on Sierra Leone

Statement by UNOPS Regional Director for Africa Dalila Gonçalves. 

This week I had the privilege of embarking on a mission to Sierra Leone, where UNOPS is working with the government and partners to support a range of initiatives that are building resilience and promoting long-term sustainable development.

This includes efforts with partners like the World Bank and the government of Japan to increase access to basic services and provide renewable energy solutions that promote health, education and economic opportunities in rural and urban communities across the country.

Witnessing the transformative impact of our energy and infrastructure initiatives on beneficiaries' lives was truly inspiring.

During my mission I was able to engage with key stakeholders from the World Bank and the EU Delegation, the US Ambassador, representatives from the Sierra Leone government, as well as the UN Resident Coordinator. I emphasized UNOPS pivotal role in supporting Sierra Leone's national development priorities, and advancing progress on the SDGs and the Agenda 2030.

The positive feedback received from partners underscores the significance of UNOPS contributions to Sierra Leone. Notably, projects like the Basic Emergency Obstetric and New-born Care hospital in Kailahun district, showcase our unwavering commitment to sustainable development. This also includes the construction of solar energy power plants to provide reliable electricity in underserved areas.

These success stories, especially in renewable solar energy, stand as a beacon of hope and demonstrate the transformative potential of such initiatives. I am eager to replicate these achievements in other regions across Africa.

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