Scenic view of the Corniche West of Dakar.
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    The United Nations in Senegal 

    The United Nations system in Senegal works towards peace consolidation, poverty eradication, improved access to basic social services and social protection, promotion of human rights and inclusive governance. 

    The UN is fully committed to contributing to the country's development by supporting the priorities, plans and programs of the Government, civil society and other development partners. 

    Building on a long-standing and exemplary collaboration with the State of Senegal, the United Nations System in Senegal is composed of 34 agencies, funds and programs, some of which are regional or sub-regional representations covering several countries. The diversity of their respective mandates and expertise is conducive to inter-agency cooperation within the United Nations Country Team (UNCT), under the leadership of the Resident Coordinator. The latter is responsible for bringing together the different entities in order to strengthen the coherence and effectiveness of the work of the United Nations System in Senegal. 

    Senegal has been a member of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on six occasions and held a seat on the former Commission on Human Rights for almost 30 years. As early as 1960, the country joined the group of countries contributing troops to peacekeeping operations and participated in more than more than 20 United Nations missions. 

    Key Achievements  

    1. The United Nations system in Senegal supports the country's development efforts through the implementation of the 2035 "Emerging Senegal Plan" and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda. The United Nations supports Senegal in particular by implementing the three strategic priorities of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2019-2023, namely: 
      • Inclusive and sustainable economic growth; 
      • Access to quality basic social services and social protection; and
      • Governance, peace and security. 
    2. Thanks to the work of the United Nations system, thousands of Senegalese women and young people have received support for job creation. Significant progress has been made in supporting the employability of young people and women. With a view to implementing an inclusive and sustainable industrialization policy, the government has also been supported for the formulation of strategies to integrate the employability of young people and women into projects involving the private sector. 
    3. The United Nations system supported the Senegalese government in the formulation of an educational curriculum to better take into account essential family practices. There are now 16 practices covering six major themes, namely: (i) maternal and child health; (ii) nutrition; (iii) hygiene; (iv) care for the elderly; (v) children’s education; and (vi) civil status.  
    4. The United Nations entities present in Senegal have contributed significantly to the country's development efforts through the implementation of a set of activities planned jointly with government and civil society partners. This support helped improve access to public services and build the capacities of national and local actors as well as of institutional and regulatory mechanisms. 
    5. The support provided by the United Nations system in recent years has been instrumental in building capacities to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change on vulnerable communities, particularly through the development of integrated activities aimed at improving community resilience. This support is provided through financing, but also through the implementation of infrastructure works and the provision of equipment, with the aim to improve climate risk prevention and management. Large-scale interventions have also been carried out to strengthen climate information management. 

    To learn more visit:

    UN Senegal Country Team

    Resident Coordinator Office
    UN Entities in Senegal

    UN Key Documents

    UNDAF/United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (CP)

    01 January 2019
    31 December 2023
    01 January 2024