Now is the time to support Liberia

11 Dec 2019
Now is the time to support Liberia

New York – Addressing the Annual Session of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission in New York, Liberia’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, made a passionate plea to the international community to urgently support Liberia to ensure the sustenance of peace, democracy, and security. He lamented that the Liberian economy is under immense stress; as prices of major export commodities remain at rock-bottom. 

Ambassador Kemayah stressed the urgent need for support to Liberia in support of the country efforts to consolidate the internationally celebrated peace that Liberia enjoys. He added that Liberia is grateful to all its partners, including the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) that continues to create the platform for Liberia to be heard; and for the country’s priorities to be shared.

Ambassador Kemayah noted that an iconic intervention by the Peacebuilding Commission in Liberia’s peacebuilding priorities was its instrumentality in the establishment and subsequent submission of Liberia’s Peacebuilding Plan, the auspices under which Liberia is opportune to receive the needed assistance from the United Nations and Partners. 

Ambassador Kemayah also made special mention of the Peacebuilding Support Office and the Liberia Configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission chaired by His Excellency Ambassador Olof Skoog of Sweden.

There can never be a mention of the Peacebuilding Commission without a reference to the Peacebuilding Support Office and the Liberia Configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission chaired by His Excellency Ambassador Olof Skoog of Sweden. Ambassador Skoog, and the Government and People of Sweden remain unforgettable assets; more so, when reference is made to the peace Liberia now enjoys. Furthermore, the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) remains a strong pillar; very supportive of Liberia’s peacebuilding initiatives.

Apart from being the only contributor to the Multi-Partner Trust Fund, the Fund established to address the root causes of Liberia’s civil upheaval and administered by the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office, the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) continues to provide support to national reconciliation activities, land dispute resolution, electoral processes, governance initiatives and institutions, women empowerment, among significant others in Liberia. We appreciate that further assistance is expected for land and decentralization; including Phase II cross-border project with Cote d’Ivoire”, Ambassador Kemayah stressed.

Ambassador Kemayah then encouraged all partners to support the Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) as well as to the Government of Liberia Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development; as well as the secretariat of the Mano River Union, which he described as pivotal to ensuring the promotion and sustenance of peace, security, democracy and economic growth and development within the region. 

Speaking in support of Liberia, His Excellency Olof Skoog of Sweden, Chair of the Liberia Configuration of the Peace Building Commission stressed the need for active support to Liberia’s peacebuilding efforts to build on the gains that have been made.

The Annual Session of the Peacebuilding Commission convened at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on December 4, 2019.

Source: Front Page Africa

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