Dr. Babatunde A. Ahonsi, the UN Resident Coordinator in Sierra Leone, has issued a message of condolence on behalf of the UN Country Team, following the passing of Sunil Saigal, the former UN Resident Coordinator to Sierra Leone.
Sunil is fondly remembered in Sierra Leone by partners and former colleagues for his approachable and collaborative nature, as well as his unwavering commitment to promoting the well-being and rights of vulnerable populations.
In a statement, Dr. Babatunde A. Ahonsi, the UN Resident Coordinator in Sierra Leone, expressed deep sadness upon receiving the news of Sunil Saigal’s passing.
His statement reads as follows:
“Sunil, a native of Denmark, served as the UN RC and UNDP Resident Representative to Sierra Leone from April 2016 to September 2020. He also played a crucial role as the Principal Coordinator of UNDP’s response to the Ebola outbreak.
Sunil’s dedication to his work, his genuine concern for the welfare of the people, and his strong adherence to the UN’s values made a lasting impression on all who knew him. As an effective team leader, he skillfully utilized the talents of his colleagues to ensure sustained UN support for Sierra Leone’s pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The loss of Sunil Saigal is deeply felt by his colleagues and partners with whom he worked closely during his tenure in Sierra Leone, as well as by his family, friends, and loved ones.
On behalf of the entire UN Country Team, Dr. Babatunde A. Ahonsi extends his heartfelt condolences to Sunil’s family.
May the soul of our former colleague rest in eternal peace.”
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