LIBERIA: Pres. Sirleaf Wants Africa’s Natural Resources Preserved

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said Liberia and Africa need to conserve their natural resources if they must achieve their development agenda under the six pillars of the Common African Position (CAP) by 2030.

The Liberian leader emphasized that it is about time that Liberia and Africa’s natural resources are preserved, managed and used for the benefit of their peoples.

She made the statement at the national launch of the Common African Position (CAP), on post 2015 Development Agenda held in the C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday in Monrovia.

According to the Liberia News Agency, President Sirleaf said Liberia and the entire African continent want to be peaceful, stable and secure, where they will be able to compete and achieve the same level of development as other regions of the world.

President Sirleaf noted that Liberia and Africa need a global and full partnership that ensures mutual respect and responsibility from other regions of the world.

The Liberian leader said the launch of the CAP is a historic development not only for Liberia but the entire Africa because it is the first time that all African leaders have agreed on one common agenda with one voice, although there will be recognition of local specificities in the formulation of national priorities.

She said the launch of the CAP in Liberia is to afford policy makers and stakeholders the opportunity to have an idea about the development agenda that will succeed the Millennium Development Goals that ends 2015.

According to President Sirleaf, the new task of the High Level Committee (HLC) of the CAP, which comprises10 heads of state that is being chaired by Liberia, is to negotiate with other regions of the world to ensure that Africa’s priorities feed into the global development agenda and the United Nations Post 2015 global development agenda.

In May 2013, the African Union during its 21st Ordinary Session held in Addis Ababa , Ethiopia, set up a HLC of 10 Heads of State to craft a continental framework to ensure that Africa’s priorities meet up with global development agenda.

The 10-member committee, which comprises two members from each region, is chaired by President Sirleaf.

The Committee, which based its work on data collected by national, multinational and bilateral institutions throughout the continent, reached a consensus on African priorities and developed the CAP on the post-2015 Development Agenda.

The CAP is built on three pillars, representing areas of priority to every country on the continent, which include Structural Economic Transformation and Inclusive growth, Science Technology and Innovation, People-centered Development, Environmental Sustainability, Natural Resources and Natural Disaster Management, Peace and Security and Financing.

The launching ceremony was graced by Dr. Abdoulaye W. Dukule, Coordinator, AU-HLC on Post-2015 Development and Ambassador Harrison Oluwatoyin Solaja, Special Representative of the African Union to Liberia, among others.

Foreign dignitaries, as well as Liberia’s Minister of Finance Amara M. Konneh, the Speaker of the Lower House of Liberia’s bicameral parliament, J. Alex Tyler, Foreign Minister Augustine Ngafuan and Chief Justice Francis Korkpor.

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