Message from Mr. Cheick Sidi Diarra
For the past 15 years UN-OHRLLS has dedicated its work exclusively to the most vulnerable countries. The office has been actively engaged in advocacy and outreach through various avenues including partnerships with: the UN system, academia, civil society and the media. UN-OHRLLS has coordinated the annual review processes on the progress made by vulnerable countries including reports to the UN General Assembly and ECOSOC and has made recommendations on the best approach to improve their progress. Through the senior management tools of the UN Secretary-General, the Office has also made important strides in including the voice of the most vulnerable countries in the decision-making process. Furthermore, UN-OHRLLS has played a key role in organizing international conferences and other high-level meetings to further the dialogue and renew international commitments to LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS.
Going forward, it is my hope that UN-OHRLLS will continue to develop its substantive capacities in offering incentives for smooth transition toward graduation and post-graduation of LDCs and likewise, contribute substantively to the internalization of the SDG objectives and targets especially by SIDS. It will also be important to take a more operational role by creating a platform (virtual portal) where major national and regional structuring projects of the most vulnerable countries and opportunities offered by development partners will be posted. This will make information available in real time. The office could also connect the offer and the demand in these areas.