About UNDP in Lesotho

Our collaboration and support to the Government and people of Lesotho is governed by the Country Programme Document 2008-2013, which is based on the priority needs of the country. We are committed to build on and share experiences with our wide range of partners, to maximise the impact of poverty reduction initiatives of the Government of Lesotho in addressing these challenges. There are three main focus areas we work on.

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UN Statement on a Needs Assessment Mission for National Elections

The United Nations is currently conducting an electoral needs assessment mission from October 8-17, in response to an invitation from the Independent Electoral Commission of Lesotho. A small team of electoral experts is in Maseru to meet with various electoral stakeholders, including representatives of the electoral authorities, the Government, political parties and members of civil society.

The United Nations recognizes the ongoing SADC process and the Maseru Facilitation Declaration, which has set national elections for February 2015. The United Nations in Lesotho is committed to supporting a process that leads to a credible and accepted result.

The UN electoral mission will report to the United Nations Focal Point for Electoral Assistance who will decide on the scope and type of electoral assistance to be provided by the United Nations.

Statement from the United Nations Country Team in Lesotho

The United Nations is deeply concerned about the situation in Lesotho. We call for immediate calm, restraint from violence, and respect for human rights.

The United Nations urges government officials and all parties to work together constructively to restore trust and find common ground in the pursuit of a peaceful and lasting solution, while respecting rule of law and the democratic process. 

In this effort, there should be no delay. The promotion of a lasting peace is fundamental to efforts to make further development progress in Lesotho.