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The United Nations in Sierra Leone

The United Nations strives to be a leading force in a peaceful Sierra Leone, contributing to sustainable and inclusive human and economic development, where everybody is able to shape and control their lives and help develop their communities.

The primary role of the collective United Nations system in Sierra Leone is to support the country on its path to sustainable development.

In particular, the United Nations system, which in turn benefits from the generous funding and other support from international partners, supports the implementation of Sierra Leone’s Medium-term National Development Plan and its efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the accompanying 17 Sustainable Development Goals  as well as other internationally agreed goals and treaties.

The 22 United Nations agencies, funds, and programmes active in Sierra Leone provide policy advice, capacity development, technical cooperation, programme support in a large number of substantive areas and economic sectors.  All support is aligned to national priorities and is carried out in partnership and coordination with the Government, donors, civil society, non-governmental organizations, and private sector entities, as well as with local communities and others who benefit from United Nations support. Underlying the work of the United Nations in Sierra Leone as elsewhere are the values enshrined within the United Nations Charter and Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In partnership with the Government and the people of Sierra Leone, the United Nations is working to reduce poverty and inequality in the country and to ensure that all Sierra Leoneans, especially the most vulnerable, can live peaceful, healthy and fruitful lives in which women and men, girls and boys can realize their hopes and aspirations.


  1. By 2023, Sierra Leone benefits from more productive, commercialized and sustainable agriculture, improved food and nutrition security, and increased resilience to climate change and other shocks.
  2. By 2023, people in Sierra Leone benefit from more gender and youth responsive institutions that are innovative, accountable, and transparent at all levels and can better advance respect for human rights and the rule of law, equity, peaceful coexistence, and the protection of boys and girls, women and men including those with disabilities.
  3. By 2023, the population of Sierra Leone, particularly the most disadvantaged and vulnerable, will benefit from increased and more equitable access to and utilization of quality education, health care, energy and WASH services, including during emergencies.
  4. By 2023, the most vulnerable, particularly women, youth, adolescents and children (especially girls), and persons with disabilities, are empowered and benefit from increased social and economic opportunities.

To learn more, visit: https://sierraleone.un.org/

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UN Country Team

Resident Coordinator Office

Ellennor Grace Francisco

Strategic Planning officer/RCO Team Leader

Osman Sankoh

Programme Communications and Advocacy officer

UN Entities in the Country

UN Key Documents

UNDAF/United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (CP)

UNDAF/CF Start Date
Start of new CF cycle