The Gambia joined the United Nations on 21 September 1965 as a new independent State. Since then, the UN has been supporting The Gambia to achieve its national development priorities, which are aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Resident Coordinator leads the UN Country Team (UNCT) and ensures that the UN agencies support the national development priorities through three UNDAF outcome areas. These are: (i) Governance, Economic Management and Human Rights supporting initiatives aimed at strengthening national institutions responsible for economic and financial management and oversee reforms to guarantee people their human rights; (ii) Human capital development supporting access to education and health care services, improving equitable quality and access to water, sanitation and hygiene, social protection and gender and youth empowerment; and (iii) Sustainable agriculture, natural resources, environment and climate change management covering agricultural production and productivity, food and nutrition security, environmental management, mainstream climate change in environment and disaster risk management.
The UN Country Team coordinate their work through joint Work Plans.
The Gambia adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, along with the SDGs. It has established national institutions to monitor, report on, promote and advocate for the SDGs.
The Gambia has embarked on a democratic transitional process in support of transitional justice, security sector reform and women and youth empowerment in fulfillment of human rights for all.
The Gambia has ratified the Paris Agreement and the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol and is revising its climate change strategy. The new strategy focuses on climate change adaptation and mitigation.
The Gambia launched The Gambia’s Health Compact.This partnership is eventually expected to accelerate progress towards Universal Health Coverage, i.e. access to high quality and affordable health care that will lead to improved and equitable health outcomes for all Gambians.
The Gambia has increased co-financing for development initiatives, focusing on job creation for the youth, migrants, women and local communities as well as equal access to employable skills development.
The Children's National Assembly was launched as a non-statutory platform for children and adolescence, to have a safe space for Children to meet and discuss issues affecting them.