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UNFPA West and Central Africa Officials hold high level engagements with His Excellency the President of the Republic of The Gambia

UNFPA enhances its managers’ capacity to manage change process in the wake of ongoing transformation and challenges in the West and Central Africa region.

Change management meeting and regional communication retreat

While in Banjul to participate in a Change Management Training, UNFPA West and Central Africa Officials hold high level engagements with His Excellency the President of the Republic of The Gambia and First Lady Madam Fatoumatta Bah-Barrow, on the need to prioritise women’s health and wellbeing in The Gambia and to invest in young people, in order to prepare the country to harness the Demographic Dividend.

Through these engagements, the Gambian Government renewed its commitment to invest in strengthening health care for women and prioritise youth issues at the top of its development agenda, while appreciating the work of UNFPA in the country.

The Vice President of the Republic of The Gambia, Hon. Ousainou ANM Darboe addressed the opening ceremony of the Change Management Training for UNFPA Representatives in West and Central Africa, on Monday, August 27, 2018 at 9 am at the Kairaba Hotel, in Banjul, The Gambia.

The "Change Management Meeting" is a certified training session, holding from 27 to 29 August 2018, primarily for UNFPA representatives from 23 country offices in the region. “Africa is changing, the world is changing, UNFPA must change to deliver the results we desire as per Agenda 2030 and Agenda2063” has said Mabingue Ngom Regional Director of UNFPA WCARO.

Similarly, a regional communications and advocacy retreat was hold from 28 to 30 August 2018, and bringing together communication officers from the regional and country offices. These two meetings take place in a decisive context for UNFPA in West and Central Africa. The reform of the United Nations system under way, a pretext for the training of representatives is taking place at a time when UNFPA WCARO had already anticipated the priorities of the region by developing rather innovative initiatives.

UNFPA engaging key stakeholders in the region to support priority issues of its mandate: Heads of State and Government, First Ladies, Journalists, Religious and Traditional Leaders, Private Sector, Civil Society and Youth Organizations are set to contribution to achieve the three transformative results of UNFPA's new strategic plan: Ending unmet need for family planning; Ending gender-based violence and Ending preventable maternal deaths.

UNFPA WCARO newsletter of activities held in Banjul from 27 to 31 August 2018