Adeniyi has been appointed as the UNFPA Representative Resident in the Gambia
by the UNFPA executive director.
Mr Adeniyi presented his credentials last Friday, 2 February, 2018, to the minister of Foreign Affairs in Banjul and his appointment came following requests from The Gambia government for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to have a full representation status in The Gambia.
Kunle Adeniyi has spent nearly a year in The Gambia as the head of Office of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) before he was appointed as the UNFPA Representative Resident in The Gambia.
Speaking to the foreign minister after presenting his credentials, Kunle said UNFPA has been in The Gambia for 45 years now and UNFPA is proud to work in areas such as reducing maternal death, gender based violence and youth making sure that every young person’s potential is fulfilled and women’s sexual reproductive health and rights including child marriage and FGM.
He stated that they have been given a very conducive environment to do their work in The Gambia.
He added that the Gambia Government has seen the good work that UNFPA is doing in the country which has resulted to government requesting for a full representation status of UNFPA in The Gambia.
He disclosed that the request to have full representation status of UNFPA in The Gambia was granted earlier this year thus he has been appointed as UNFPA Representative Resident in The Gambia.
“In the last 20 years UNFPA has cut down maternal deaths to half in The Gambia, gender based violence and the unmet need for Family Planning for women and young people to be able to decide on their sexuality and how often they want to have children and at the right time. If not the sole but 99% of FP commodities in The Gambia are provided by UNFPA”, he said.
Kunle said: “We worked very hard to advocate and influence laws on women’s rights, criminalising FGM and Child Marriage among other laws in the Gambia.”
Also speaking, Ousainou Darboe, minister of Foreign Affairs said the government appreciates UNFPA’s engagement in The Gambia and that they are in partnership to make sure that women and youth are in good shape.
He said youth are their greatest asset in The Gambia and they are putting all their efforts together to ensure that youth are taken care of.
“We want to reduce maternal death to zero in The Gambia and the government is committed to that. We all want to make sure that the goals set in the SDG’s are attained”, he said.
He assured the UNFPA rep. that their doors will always be open to them at any time because their government wants to be pragmatic in their approach.