Liberia’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to France and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, Dr. C. William Allen, has been unanimously endorsed as the Chairman of the ECOWAS Group of Ambassadors at UNESCO. Ambassador Allen replaced his Senegalese counterpart, Ambassador Abdou Sourang, whose tenure expired in June 2016.
In his handover remarks, Ambassador Sourang thanked his colleagues for the level of support they accorded him and the accomplishments they achieved during his tenure. He called on his colleagues to give the new Chairman, Ambassador Allen, their full cooperation as he takes on the administration of the group in the years ahead.
In his acceptance remarks, Ambassador Allen, who is the first Liberian Ambassador to chair the group, promised to work for the general good of the organization by seeking consultations for its effective administration. He promised to coordinate his activities with his colleagues at the Bureau of the Africa
Group of Ambassadors so that important issues affecting the West Africa sub-region can be addressed and promoted.
Ambassador Allen proposed the coordination of the various programs at the level of African Ambassadors and regional groups into a single calendar to derive maximum benefits at the different organizations.
According to the Protocol of the ECOWAS Group of Ambassadors at UNESCO, the country currently chairing the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State automatically becomes the chair of the sub-regional group of Ambassadors and Permanent Delegates at UNESCO.
In June 2016, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was unanimously elected as Chair of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS at its 49th Ordinary Meeting. President Sirleaf is the first Liberian President and the first female head of state of Africa to be elected as Chair of the ECOWAS
Authority of Heads of State and Government.
Ambassador Allen was appointed Liberia’s Ambassador to France and UNESCO by President Sirleaf and officially resumed his duties in March 2014.