Liberia Calls for Appointment of Special UN Envoy on Women

Friday, 25th September 2009
United Nations, New York - Liberia has called on the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to appoint a Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security who would galvanize member states to implement Security Council Resolution 1325.

UN Resolution 1325 seeks  the protection, participation and promotion of women's rights and their involvement in peace processes.

Liberia’s Vice President Joseph N. Boakai made the call Friday in his address to the 64th Regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N Headquarters in New York, U.S.A.

He told the world body that Liberia has adopted several gender-sensitive policies and framework in pursuance of Security Council Resolution 1325.
“We reaffirm that Security Council Resolution 1325 (enunciated in the year 2000), on women, peace and security recognizes that women as civilians in conflict situations, are not only victims but also powerful  agents for peace and security of their communities,” the Liberian Vice President noted.

He called attention to the International Colloquium on Women’s Empowerment,  Leadership Development, International Peace and Security that was co-convened by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf  and President Tarja Halonen of Finland in March 2009, and which promulgated the “Monrovia Declaration” calling for action on Security Council Resolution 1325.

Vice President Boakai said as a follow-up of the Women’s Colloquium, a side event to the 64th session of the United Nations General Assenbly was jointly hosted on Thursday, September 24, 2009  by President Johnson Sirleaf and President Halonen of Finland at the U.N Headquarters in New York to focus on the implementation of of Resolution 1325 and Climate Change.

He commended the two female leaders for the initiative, and joined them in their appeal to all UN member states and governments and non-governmental organizations to support the Monrovia Declaration which calls for women’s empowerment leadership development, International peace and security.

Vice President Boakai reiterated Liberia's call for a more democratic security council that reflects the realities of the 21st century, noting, "The world today is far different and more complex than that of the 1940s when this organization came into being".

"Liberia supports peacekeeping operations to put out the flames of war. However, we wish to underscore the benefits of establishing  an early warning mechanism that will deal with potentially explosive situations before they escalate into full-blown conflagration that presents ghastly choices," the Liberian Vice President further noted.