-Main Session Commences Today
The Fourth Committee, one of six main committees of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), will today, Thursday, October 4, commence its work for the 73rd Session of the UNGA, with Liberia’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative to the United Nations seeking to be elected as chair, a dispatch from New York has said.
Formally endorsed by the African Group of Ambassadors to the United Nations, Ambassador Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr., is expected to be formally elected, unopposed by the entire membership of the General Assembly of the United Nations, during the opening of the main session of the Fourth Committee, which is formally referred to as the Special Political and Decolonization Committee.
According to the dispatch, Amb. Kemayah will then lead the Committee in consideration of a broad range of global issues including decolonization, review of peacekeeping operations and special political missions; relief for Palestinian refugees, atomic radiation, assistance in mine action as well as the peaceful uses of outer space.
Amb. Kemayah was endorsed by the African Group of Ambassadors to the United Nations, following his presentation to the group on why Liberia should be given the opportunity under his leadership to chair the committee.
According to a dispatch from Liberia’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations, Kemayah, who presented Liberia’s case a day after he arrived in New York, spoke of the wealth of experience he brings to the post, and urged the Group to endorse his candidacy in the spirit of African solidarity; while assuring that he would justify the confidence reposed in him by performing his duties diligently and objectively, guided by the principle of impartiality; bringing proud to Liberia and the African continent.
In his presentation, Amb. Kemayah recounted the many contributions of the Republic of Liberia toward the political independence of many countries in Africa. Amb. Kemayah used the occasion to renew the commitment of His Excellency Dr. George Weah, the government and people of Liberia toward the growth and development of Africa.
The Chairmanship of the Fourth Committee would be the first for Amb. Kemayah since assuming his duties at the Permanent Mission of Liberia to the United Nations three weeks ago. He looks forward to a successful session and proper representation of President Weah, the government, and people of the Republic of Liberia, and Africa as a whole.
It may be recalled that Liberia last chaired the Fourth Committee 57 years ago when Ambassador and former President of the UNGA, the late Angie Brooks Randolph, presided over the 1961 Session of the Committee.