Ambassador Kemayah Hails Joint UNDP-DPPA Program for its Strong Support to Conflict Prevention Efforts in Liberia

Amb. Kemayah at UNDPDPPA Event

(New York, July 16, 2019)  Liberia’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, His Excellency Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr., has hailed the “Joint United Nations Development Program (UNDP)-United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) Program on Building National Capacities for Conflict Prevention”, for its provision of essential capacity, critical to sustaining the hard-won peace and advancing development priorities in Liberia.

The “Joint United Nations Development Program (UNDP) – United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) Program on Building National Capacities for Conflict Prevention” is a signature cross-pillar initiative that aims to enhance United Nations (UN) support to national stakeholders on conflict prevention and sustaining peace. Liberia is among Forty-nine (49) beneficiaries of the program across Africa, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Ambassador Kemayah told a High-Level Partner Event of the Joint UNDP-DPPA Program on Building National Capacities for Conflict Prevention, that the Joint Program provides strong  support, through the United Nations Resident Coordinator, to national stakeholders; including the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Justice to strengthen national and local capacities for conflict prevention.

The Liberian Envoy made specific mention of the “support of the Peace and Development Advisor to institutions of the Government, and other national entities, in dialogue and national mediation processes; the establishment and operationalization of national infrastructures and mechanisms for peace; such as county and district peace committees in partnership with the Ministry of Internal Affairs; and, in collaboration with the Liberia Land Authority; the implementation of the Land Rights Act and Local Government Act; which are vital for the implementation of the  Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development”, Liberia’s national development plan.In Liberia, the Peace and Development Advisor provides strong support, through the United Nations Resident Coordinator, to national stakeholders, including the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Ministry of Justice to strengthen national and local capacities for conflict prevention.

We are pleased to report that since her deployment, the Peace and Development Advisor has tirelessly supported the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs/Office of the President and other national partners such as the Liberia Council of Churches in dialogue and national mediation processes to avert political crises, the establishment and operationalisation of national infrastructures and mechanisms for peace, such as county and district peace committees in partnership with the Ministry of Internal Affairs; and, in collaboration with the Liberia Land Authority, the implementation of the Land Rights Act and Local Government Act, which the Government of Liberia considers the twin propellers of the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development, the national development plan.

Ambassador Kemayah used the occasion to acknowledge the support of the strengthened Resident Coordinator’s Office  to the Government of Liberia and commended United Nations Secretary-General, His Excellency, António Guterres, for his insightful reforms to the United Nations Peace and Security pillar; and the repositioning of the United Nations development system; fundamental to realigning the entire United Nations country presence towards sustainable development and peace.

Ambassador Kemayah also expressed on behalf of His Excellency President George Manneh Weah, profound gratitude to the United Nations for its continued support to the Government and people of Liberia in their efforts to sustain peace, security, and democracy in the country.

The Liberian Ambassador then reassured the United Nations that the Government of Liberia remains committed and resolute in the maintenance and sustenance of the gains achieved over the last fifteen (15) years. ” Liberia has made remarkable progress over the last fifteen (15) years with the support of our development partners. In the wake of the successful completion of the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), and its subsequent departure; the Government of Liberia remains committed and resolute in the maintenance and sustenance of the gains achieved and to addressing further challenges.” Ambassador Kemayah emphasized.

The High-Level Partner Event of the Joint UNDP-DPPA Program on Building National Capacities for Conflict Prevention, convened on Monday, July 15, 2019, on the margins of the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ongoing at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.