International Conference for the Gambia

Mr Pierre Lapaque, UNODC Regional Representative for West and Central Africa, attended the International Conference for The Gambia, which took place on 22 May 2018 in Brussels. The International Conference, co-hosted by the European Union and the Government of The Gambia, was chaired by the High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini, the Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica, and the President of The Gambia Adam Barrow.  The conference focused on expressing and confirming support to The Gambia in its historical and pivotal democratic transition, which calls for reforms of various sectors of the state's institutions. It also aimed at raising financial support from the international community for the implementation of The Gambia's National Development Plan (NDP).

During the first session, the President of The Gambia presented the three-year National Development Plan and its reform agenda to the high-level representatives attending the conference, namely European Member States, the international community and international organisations, including UNODC. After Mr Barrow's presentation, the participants addressed remarks and demonstrated strong support; numerous pledges were announced for the total amount of  €1.45 billion  on a duration of five years in support to The Gambia's National Development Plan.


Discussions and exchanges during the second session " thematic seminar on political and economic reforms in The Gambia" revolved around two panels namely; one on " democratic transition - improving the quality of institutions" and a second one on " building the social contract - promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth and productivity". It was an opportunity for the speakers and the attendees of both sessions to enhance the central importance of the rule of law, democratic standards, justice, respect for human rights, development in democratic transition and in democratic governments, to greatly improve governance defined by strong and effective institutions.

Mr Lapaque reaffirmed UNODC's strong support to The Gambia and expressed its continued and increased assistance, especially in strengthening the country's criminal justice system, as it will assist The Gambia in continuing its democratic transition, building on strong democratic institutions, the respect of human rights and the rule of law, and sustainable and shared economic growth.


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Department for Peacekeeping Operations of the United Nations

UNODC Contribution to the United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel