Friday, May 04, 2012

Danish National Heading UN Office in Sierra Leone

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Jens Anders Toyberg-Frandzen of Denmark to spearhead United Nations efforts to assist Sierra Leone in consolidating its peace. The UN envoy, an international civil servant with more than three decades of experience at the world body, will head the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL).

Set up by the Security Council in 2008, UNIPSIL provides political advice to foster peace and political consolidation, offers support and training to the national police and security forces, and builds the capacity of democratic institutions in furtherance of good governance and the promotion and protection of human rights.

Sierra Leone's stability and socioeconomic progress is one of Africa's great success stories, with a turnaround in international investment that includes developments in mining, agriculture, and tourism, as well as support for expanding health and medical services.