Report of the field visit to Côte d'Ivoire by members of the UNICEF Executive Board, 4 to 8 April 2016 (UNICEF/2016/EB/6)
United Nations Children’s Fund
Annual session 2016
14-16 June 2016
Item 12 of the provisional agenda
1 . The following members of the Executive Board of UNICEF participated in the visit: H.E. Mr. Vandi Chidi Minah, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary,
Permanent Representative of Sierra Leone to the United Nations; Mrs. Sewa Lamsal Adhikari, Minister Plenipotentiary Deputy Permanent Representative of Nepal to the United Nations; Mr. Noboru Sekiguchi, Minister, Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations; Ms. Kristel Lõuk, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Estonia to the United Nations; Ms. Desirée del Carmen Cedeño Rengifo, Attaché, Permanent Mission of Panama to the United Nations; Mr. Nicolas Pron, Secretary of the Executive Board, UNICEF; and Mr. Gilles Fagninou, Assistant Secretary of the Executive Board, UNICEF.
2 . The objective of the field visit was to enable the delegation to gain a comprehensive understanding of how UNICEF works at the country level. More specifically, the visit presented an opportunity for the delegation to see concrete examples of UNICEF cooperation with the Government of Côte d’Ivoire and other partners, including the United Nations country team. The visit also enabled the delegation to learn about the issues concerning children and women in Côte d ’Ivoire and the challenges that they face.
3 . The delegation expresses its gratitude to the Government of Côte d’Ivoire for providing it with the opportunity to engage in frank and substantive dialogue with senior members of the Government. It is also grateful to the UNICEF country team in Côte d’Ivoire for the well-organized visit and for the availability of UNICEF personnel.
4 . The delegation was impressed by the commitment and dedication of senior Ivorian leadership officials at every level and of the UNICEF staff in Abidjan.
5 . The programme of the visit consisted of two main components:
(a) Meetings in Abidjan with representatives of the UNICEF country office, senior-level government ministers, key members of the United Nations country team and key donors;
(b) Field visits to Odienné, Foula, Man, Guiglo and Nizahon, where the delegation met with local government representatives, civil society organizations, users of health facilities, health workers, teachers, school administrators, students, members of community groups, religious leaders and key UNICEF staff:
(i) On the field trip to the region of Odienné, the delegation visited the Maternal and Child Welfare Centre (Protection maternelle et infantile), where it met the doctor in charge and other personnel and discussed the issues of care for pregnant women and the role of community counsellors. The delegation also spoke with a group of women who had benefited from the programme for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV;
(ii) In Foula, the delegation observed early development and education activities supported by UNICEF and learned about the efforts of the inhabitants to ensure that their children were being properly educated in a safe environment. In addition, the delegation inspected UNICEF projects in Nizahon, where it witnessed a presentation on communitybased health activities. The enthusiastic reception extended to the delegation in both villages was a clear testament to the high esteem in which UNICEF is held;
(iii) In Man, the delegation met informally with the Governor and some of his senior officers. The Governor gave a briefing on the former prominence of region, its touristic and economic potential and its health challenges. The delegation visited the Man Regional Hospital and the UNICEF-supported legal aid centre (clinique juridique) of Guiglo;
(iv) In Guiglo, the delegation paid a courtesy visit to the Governor, who gave a briefing on the priorities of children and women in the region.
6 . This report summarizes the briefings received by the members of the delegation and concludes with the delegation’s own observations and recommendations.