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United Nations - Gambia

Contact Address:
United Nations


Banjul HQ Office, UN House
5 Kofi Annan Street
Cape Point, P.O. Box 553, Banjul
The Gambia, West Africa

Tel no: +220 4494760
Fax:     +220 4494758
Telex:  223 UNDP GV


The UN agencies with resident missions in Gambia are following UN organisations: FAO, UNDP, UNICEF, WFP, UNFPA and the WHO. Two other related institutions that operate under the ambit of the UNDP are the UNCDF and UNV. UNHCR also maintain a small staff here to facilitate the authentication of refugees. The UN system in The Gambia is committed to promoting, supporting and participating in activities aimed at empowering the Gambians to develop their physical, human, natural and social capital for the achievement of sustainable human development.

(In line with the Government’s development priorities, as spelled out in the Vision 2020 document, we endeavour to assist the Gambia adapt to regional and global trends and developments such as globalisation, regional integration and liberalisation with a view to integrating the Gambian economy into the global market in such a way that the benefits of globalisation, liberalisation and regional integration are optimised while simultaneously mitigating their negative impact on the most vulnerable segments of the society, particularly women and children. In this respect, we will assist the Government in instituting “social safety nets”, formulate “social policies in globalisation” and forge strategic alliances for facilitating “development with a human face”. ) - source UN.

Historical Background:
The Gambia joined the United Nations in 21 September, 1965 along with Maldives and Singapore that same year. The country was elected into the membership of the Security Council for the first time as a non-permanent member in 1998 through to 1999.

Data Issues:
The lack of accurate and timely data is a major constraint to improved macro-economic and financial management. In this respect, the UN system together with other development partners, particularly the Bretton Woods institutions, are assisting the government to build capacities in data gathering and analysis, within the context of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP), including providing assistance to the Central Statistics Department in the areas of national accounts and the consumer price index as well as undertaking Public Expenditure Reviews in some of the key Departments Of State (Education, Health, Public Works, Local Government, etc.). Other developments on the economic plane include the introduction of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper, the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), and the eligibility of the Gambia under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative.

Mission Opening hours:
Monday - Thursday 0800 – 1700
Friday 0800 – 1400

The UN mission is the United Nations' official diplomatic corps' permanent mission representative body in Gambia.

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