Security Council extends UN office in Sierra Leone for final nine months

The Security Council today extended for a final period of nine months the mandate of the United Nations Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL), during which the operation would take steps to progressively reduce its strength with a view to completing its mandate by next September.

Secretary-General proposes scaling down UN presence in Sierra Leone

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has proposed replacing the current United Nations operation in Sierra Leone, when it completes its mandate next September, with a leaner integrated office to assist the West African nation in consolidating peace.

Greater public awareness of Sierra Leone rights report aim of UN-backed review

Ongoing efforts to implement the findings of Sierra Leone’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), meant to help heal rifts left by 11 years of bloody civil war, are the focus of a two-day meeting that began today in Freetown under the auspices of the United Nations and the country’s main human rights body.

‘Era of hope’ for Sierra Leone as new President is inaugurated, says Ban Ki-moon

Declaring that “Sierra Leone faces an era of hope,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated Ernest Bai Koroma on his inauguration as the West African country’s President but warned that the transition to peace, stability and lasting economic growth after years of civil strife will be difficult.

Sierra Leone: UN helps amputees participate in global sports event

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is joining with other partners to help a group of amputees from Sierra Leone to participate in a global football competition for those who have lost a limb.

Two former militia leaders jailed by UN-backed tribunal in Sierra Leone

The United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) today sentenced two former leaders of a pro-Government militia to jail over war crimes they committed during the country’s prolonged civil war in the 1990s.

UN peacebuilding official heads to Sierra Leone to track progress since elections

Aiming to track progress in Sierra Leone as it works to consolidate stability, a senior United Nations peacebuilding official heads there today for meetings with top officials and a first-hand look at the situation since elections were held last month.

Security Council urges continued support to post-election Sierra Leone

The Security Council today commended Sierra Leone on the recent holding of presidential elections and called for continued international support as the West African nation proceeds on its path to peace and security.

Secretary-General pledges UN support to Sierra Leone’s president-elect

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today pledged continuing support for Sierra Leone following the announcement of the opposition victory in presidential elections, the first since United Nations peacekeepers left in 2005 after helping to bring peace and stability to the West African country that was torn asunder by a brutal 10-year civil war.

Secretary-General welcomes peaceful run-off elections in Sierra Leone

This weekend’s presidential run-off election in Sierra Leone was generally orderly and peaceful despite the violence and tensions preceding the polls, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging the country’s people to resolve any future disputes through legal channels.