Libya, UNDP launch initiative to strengthen core governance institutions in Libya

Mrs. Eman Ben Younes praised the work of UNDP and expressed her gratitude to Italy for its commitment to Libya.

A wide-ranging coalition of senior Libyan Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord (PC/GNA) representatives, UN policy experts and development partners met in Tripoli on 14 November to launch an initiative aimed at strengthening core governance institutions in Libya.

This activity is part of the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) assistance to the PC/GNA for (re)building the basic functionality of government and complements UNSMIL’s ongoing efforts in support of the political process.

UNDP Libya Country Director, Ms. Noura Hamladji; Minister for State Institutional Reform, Mrs. Eman Ben Younes; and Italian Ambassador to Libya, Mr. Giuseppe Perrone, inaugurated the launch event. Other members of the UN delegation included Ms. Aditi N. Hate, UNDP New York; Ms. Maria Eugenia Boza, UNDP Panama; Mr. Miguel Cereceda, UNDP Panama, and Ms. Simona Ross from UNSMIL Political Affairs Division. Representatives from the PC/GNA involved Mr. Taher El-Sonni, Senior Political Adviser to the President and Mrs. Nadeen Nasrat, Senior International Cooperation Advisor to Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Meitig, among others.

During the ceremony, Ms. Noura Hamladji highlighted the importance of supporting the restoration of the basic functionality of government.

“Improving core governance institutions is key to deliver public services to all citizens in a responsive, accountable and inclusive manner that can help strengthen public confidence in the government”.

Ambassador Perrone affirmed that this initiative for supporting core governance institutions in Libya is timely and key to building long-term resilience in the country, especially given the strong national ownership of this initiative from the beginning.

Mrs. Eman Ben Younes praised the work of UNDP and expressed her gratitude to Italy for its commitment to Libya.

“It is the responsibility of our Government to deliver much needed services to the citizens and I am confident this initiative and the work that UNDP is doing will help us to achieve that. I also thank Italy for its continued support to my country.”

Over the next six months, senior UN governance experts will work hand-in-hand with the PC/GNA and development partners in Tripoli to boost the basic functionality of the government at the center and will also provide targeted capacity-building training for the civil service cadre supporting the Executive Office.

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