President Ellen Sirleaf has bestowed on the outgoing United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) and
Coordinator, United Nations Operations in Liberia, Madam Karin Landgren, one of Liberia’s highest honors. She was admitted into the Order of the Star of Africa with the grade of Grand Commander.
On behalf of the Government and people of Liberia, the Liberian Chief Executive, who is also Grand Master of the Orders of Distinction, commended the outgoing SRSG for her service and contribution to maintenance of peace and stability in Liberia.
According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader made the statement during an Investiture Ceremony & Farewell Luncheon hosted by the Government of Liberia in honor of outgoing SRSG Landgren at a local hotel on Thursday, July 2nd, 2015.
Conferring the honor, President Sirleaf said apart from those who served with her during her tenure here as SRSG and being knowledgeable about her commitment demonstrated during her tenure, Liberia owes her a depth of gratitude for her many years of service to Liberia. “Your success is an inspiration to all of us,” the Liberian leader noted.
She said although it is not established as to where Madam Landgren’s next assignment would be, but wherever she goes, her rich success story from Liberia will be exemplified. “Thank you for serving Liberia,” the President Sirleaf said, noting that her contribution to maintaining Liberia’s nearly 12 years of peace since the end of the armed conflict is commendable.
Responding, Madam Landgren applauded President Sirleaf and other functionaries of her government, as well as Liberians in general for their openness in cooperating with her during her period of service (2012-2014).
The outgoing SRSG said maintaining the peace in Liberia is one of the best ways of keeping the country peaceful. She reminded all Liberians that maintaining this peace must be nurtured and sustained by all. She stressed that the 2017 elections is likely to shape from maintaining the peace to face a new security direction; but noted that the 2017 elections is of critical importance for the country.
“I am so honored for this appreciation and express my deepest appreciation to you, Madam President,” Madam Landgren said.
The program was graced by US Ambassador Deborah Malac, Justice Minister Benedict Sannoh, Foreign Minister Augustine K. Ngafuan, National Security Advisor Dr. H. Boimah Fahnbulleh, amongst others.