The Sustainable Development Goals in Lesotho
The Sustainable Development Goals are a global call to action to end poverty, protect the earth’s environment and climate, and ensure that people everywhere can enjoy peace and prosperity. These are the goals the UN is working on in Lesotho:
30 August 2021
UN Communications Group Retreat
The United Nations Communication Group this week held a retreat as a strategic planning session to discuss how the group, consisting of the communication specialists, focal points and other officers assigned with communication functions of the eight resident UN agencies, can further support the UNCT in achieving results from the United Nations Assistance Development Framework (UNDAF) 2019- 2023, through communications and advocacy. A new communications strategy was validated by the group with its vision to mobilize support for the Sustainable Development Agenda, fight inequality in Lesotho, build resilience, and improve the quality of life for current and future generations. “We are in a new development era, the 2030 Agenda is universal and is cross cutting, therefore in order for us to see tangible fruits of sustainable development by 2030, we need to work together and more especially through the capitalization of communications, advocacy and dialogues across all sectors”, remarked Vimbainashe Mukota, RCO Strategic Team Leader. The cycle of the Common Country Analysis (CCA), among other topics, was also discussed, which the UN’s collective assessment and analysis of a country’s situation before the development of a Cooperation Framework, and the role of communications.
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03 August 2021
UN convenes human rights training for Lesotho Correctional Service officers
Through the National Dialogue process of 2018 and 2019, recommendations were made which included reforms to the security sector in Lesotho, to ensure that security sector agencies conduct their operations in line with international human rights standards. The reforms call for capacity building of officers working in the security sector on human rights. As a party to several international and regional human rights conventions and treaties, Lesotho is under obligation to comply with the human rights commitments that the country has made including the rights of persons deprived of liberty. The Bill of Rights in the Lesotho Constitution provides for rights that are supposed to be protected, promoted and enjoyed by all. There are rights that relate to the treatment of persons deprived of liberty including inmates held in correctional facilities. The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today convened the start of a three-day training for Correctional Service officers in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Resident Coordinator’s Office. The Senior Human Rights Adviser to the UN in Lesotho who spoke on behalf of the acting UN Resident Coordinator quoted a popular saying by one human rights defender who once said: “A society should be judged not by how it treats its outstanding citizens but by how it treats its criminals”. Among other topics such as “Human Rights Principles of Good Prison Management”, the training will further sensitize correctional service officers on the rights of inmates, other correctional service employees and the community at large. “I hope this training will remind you all of your duty to respect and ensure that the rights of inmates are respected, because they also have rights” remarked Assistant Commissioner of the Lesotho Correctional Services, Mr Sekila Joel Majara. This training of trainers (ToT) is a part of a training programme which will identify trainers who will be equipped with knowledge, skills and tools for conducting human rights training to fellow correctional officers throughout the country.
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04 May 2021
2020 UN Country Annual Results Report
COVID-19 destabilised the Kingdom of Lesotho’s development agenda in 2020, reducing economic growth and destroying people’s livelihoods. Businesses and farms were forced to close under lockdowns, some of which may never reopen, causing massive increases in unemployment; vulnerability increased, both in terms of absolute poverty, but also gender based violence and psychosocial stress; whilst the health and education sectors faced insurmountable pressure. At the start of 2020, UN programming in Lesotho shifted from its long-term development focus to responding to the immediate humanitarian threat posed by COVID-19.
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