Joint field visit of the Executive Boards to Senegal

Joint field visit of the Executive Boards of UNICEF, UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS, WFP and UN-Women – 2023

09 October 2023
Joint field visit of the Executive Boards 2023
A delegation of 18 members of the Executive Boards of UNICEF, UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS, WFP and UN-Women, accompanied by staff members from the Board secretariats of the agencies, completed a five-day joint field visit to Senegal from 2 to 6 October. As part of the visit they toured the new United Nations House in Diamniadio, where they were accompanied by the United Nations Resident Coordinator for Senegal and key principals of some of the UN agencies operating in the country.

DAKAR, 9 October 2023 – A delegation of 18 members of the Executive Boards of UNICEF, UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS, WFP and UN-Women completed a five-day joint field visit to Senegal last Friday.

The visit gave the delegation an opportunity to learn about the support provided by the six entities of the United Nations in the country’s implementation of the strategic pillars of the Plan for an Emerging Senegal. The Plan seeks to achieve the structural transformation of the economy, promotion of human capital, and good governance and the rule of law, putting Senegal on the road to development by 2035.

During the visit, the delegation met with high-level officials, municipal authorities, representatives of civil society, the private sector, local communities and youth. An introductory meeting with the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations system in Senegal, Ms. Aminata Maiga, and the United Nations country team provided an understanding of the work of the United Nations in general, and the six entities in particular, and how they leverage their capacities and cooperate to help the country advance on progress towards achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. During the meeting, and later on in the visit, the delegation heard the regional perspective, including challenges and opportunities, during discussions with the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel, the regional directors of the UN agencies and the Development Cooperation Office.

Over the course of the week, the delegation met with Mr. Amadou Ba, Prime Minister, Ms. Aïssata Tall Sall, Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Senegalese Diaspora, Ms. Oulimata Sarr, Minister for the Economy, Planning and Cooperation, Dr. Marie Khémesse Ng Ndiaye, Minister of Health and Social Welfare, and other high-level officials. Mr. Ba welcomed the United Nations support and paid recognition to the quality of the work carried out by all UN entities in Senegal. He recalled his country’s long-standing interest in multilateralism and the importance given to cooperation with the United Nations.

On Tuesday morning, the delegation headed to Diamniadio, where its members toured the new United Nations House, which was initiated and funded by the Government of Senegal. The building is expected to house all United Nations organizations and about 2,000 staff. UN House is highly demonstrative of the UN efficiency agenda and the common back office.

From Tuesday afternoon to Thursday, the delegation was split into different groups and headed to the field to gain a first-hand view of the impact of the agency-supported interventions on beneficiary communities, as well as to understand how the different agencies fulfil their respective mandates while creating the necessary synergies to make their interventions more efficient and effective.

In the Dakar and Thiès regions, members of the delegation visited several projects and programmes, including those that focus on promoting women’s empowerment, creating resilience among vulnerable groups, ensuring access to justice, strengthening the use of data, and engaging young people in entrepreneurship.

Other delegation members travelled to the southern region of Casamance, where they visited innovative community initiatives supported by the UN agencies aimed at ending female genital mutilation, improving adolescent, maternal and child health, youth empowerment and awareness-raising, improving access to and quality of water, hygiene and sanitation, and promoting school feeding to support the country’s efforts towards inclusive and quality education.

As it concluded the visit, the delegation expressed its satisfaction in having had the opportunity to learn more about UN inter-agency coordination in Senegal and its contributions to the country’s development.