Sierra Leone

Prosecutor welcomes UN-backed court’s decision to uphold Charles Taylor conviction

The Prosecutor of the United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) today welcomed the court’s decision to uphold the conviction of former Liberian President Charles Taylor for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

UN envoy urges Sierra Leoneans to work together to advance democracy, development

A senior United Nations official today called on all Sierra Leoneans to set aside their differences and work together to advance economic development and democracy, as the world body prepares to wrap up its mission there next year.

Inter-religious cooperation can be vital asset for rebuilding Sierra Leone – UN expert

Sierra Leone's religious communities have a crucial role to play in helping to overcome the legacy of war, an independent United Nations human rights expert stated today, adding that cooperation between them will be an asset in the process of rebuilding and reconciliation.

Ahead of drawdown, Security Council extends UN office in Sierra Leone for one year

The Security Council today extended the United Nations mission in Sierra Leone until 31 March 2014, by when it should be fully drawn down and its responsibilities transferred to the UN country team.

Sierra Leone must continue to work to maintain gains from transition – UN official

A United Nations official today praised the progress made by Sierra Leone since the end of its civil war 10 years ago, and stressed that the country must continue to strengthen its institutions to maintain the achievements made during its transition process.

UN team visits Sierra Leone to support women’s empowerment

Ahead of International Women’s Day, a team of United Nations agency representatives arrived in Sierra Leone today to support gender equality and to gain international attention for a new national policy meant to recognize the critical role of women in achieving broad-based economic growth and consolidating peace efforts.

Sierra Leone: Ban congratulates winner of presidential election, calls for unity

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated Ernest Bai Koroma on his win in Sierra Leone’s presidential election, and called on him and all political leaders in the country to maintain calm and work towards unity and reconciliation.

Sierra Leone: Ban lauds peaceful conduct of polls and high voter turnout

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday congratulated the people of Sierra Leone for the peaceful and orderly elections held yesterday, the first to be run entirely by the Government since the end of the West African nation's brutal civil war 10 years ago.

Sierra Leone elections are a ‘turning point’ for the country, says UN envoy

As Sierra Leone heads towards its third national elections since the end of its civil war, the top United Nations envoy in the West African country today urged voters to refrain from election-related violence, noting that the vote was a turning point in the country’s post-conflict history.

Sierra Leone elections must be carried out peacefully to ensure progress – Ban

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly encouraged Sierra Leoneans to ensure that national elections on Saturday are carried out peacefully to build on the progress made since the end of the country’s civil war ended a decade ago.