Gambian Vice President Ousainou Darboe and senior government and UNFPA officials were in attendance at the opening ceremony, which was addressed by the Regional Director of UNFPA WCARO Mabingué Ngom, who said “Africa is changing, the world is changing, UNFPA must change to deliver the results we desire as per Agenda 2030 and Agenda 2063”.
The change management meeting is a certified training session which brings together UNFPA representatives from 23 country offices in the region.
Additionally, a two-day regional communications and advocacy retreat will take place in Banjul with communication officers from the regional and country offices.
Also on the margins of their stay, UNPFA officials will meet Gambia's First Ladies who are committed to contribute to UNFPA’s mandate, especially in the area of maternal health and ending fistula.
UNFPA wants through its mandate in the region to end maternal mortality, harmful practices, gender-based violence and female genital mutilation, as well as the complications they can cause to women’s health like fistula.
To achieve this, the UN agency intends to promote sexual and reproductive health as much as possible, empowering women and young people to contribute to the demographic dividend, and ensure the well-being of African populations.