32-member UN Delegation Calls on President Sirleaf

Tuesday, 27th February 2007
President Sirleaf and members of the UN Delegation at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia, Liberia.
President Sirleaf and members of the UN Delegation at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia, Liberia.
Photo Credit: Adama B. Thompson/Executive Mansion

Monrovia, Liberia - A 32-member delegation representing Executive Boards of four United Nations Agencies has met with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.

Addressing the delegation on Tuesday, the President said government is determined to respond to the needs of its people, by providing education, basic health services, jobs and mobility as well as ensuring self-sufficiency in food production.

The President informed the UN delegation that despite the initial progress government has made toward national development, the maintenance of peace and stability remains a major challenge. To meet the challenges President Johnson Sirleaf said, the country must build its own capacity to protect the nation. President Johnson Sirleaf said, government is working with the United Nations to assume that responsibility in an agreed period of time.

On the recent Partnership Forum, the President lauded the role of the United Nations toward the success of the Conference, and urged the Agencies to share their ideas on the countryís development agenda.  The President disclosed that government would be working toward a full-fledged Poverty Reduction Strategy Program in the next 18-months, consistent with the success of the Partnership Forum.

The Liberian Leader welcomed the visit of the UN Agencies, and noted that such visits help to add to the confidence of the people and their own commitment to national development in a New Liberia that respects peopleís dignity that creates equal opportunity and responds to the basic needs of its people by empowering them to become self-sufficient.

Members of the 32-member UN delegation included the UNFPA, UNDP, UNICEF and the World Food Program, representing Agencies from Uganda, Pakistan, Russia, Guatemala, Ukraine, Jamaica, among others. The group leaves Monrovia on Wednesday for other parts of the country to access UN programs in the political sub-divisions of the country.