Pro-Poor Agenda to be Launched at UN Headquarters

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Ambs Skoog poses with Kemayah (R) at the occasion.

Plans are being finalized in New York to launch, at the United Nations Headquarters, the Government of Liberia’s flagship development agenda, the Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD), a release has said.

Proposed by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary as well as Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr., the Pro-poor Agenda would be launched under the auspices of the Liberia Configuration of the Peace Building Commission.

According to a dispatch from the Permanent Mission of Liberia to the United Nations, the proposal was made during a recent meeting between Amb. Kemayah and Olof Skoog, Chair of the Liberia Configuration of the Peace-building Commission, and Ambassador/Permanent Representative of Sweden to the United Nations.

Kemayah informed Amb. Skoog that “it will be prudent for the United Nations Peace-building Commission meeting on Liberia to include the launching of the government’s Flagship National Development Agenda – the PAPD, which was launched in Ganta, Nimba County, on Saturday, October 27, 2018, by President George Weah.”

Amb. Kemayah said that launching the Pro-poor agenda during the Peace-building Commission’s meeting on Liberia will create the platform to take stock of the country’s peace initiatives following the departure of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL); an opportunity to share and mobilize support for the government’s initiatives to sustain the peace.

Amb. Kemayah then called for the mobilization of the international community, international financial institutions, development partners and friends of Liberia as well as the ministers of Finance and Development Planning, Foreign Affairs and other officials of the government to support the successful launch of the Pro-poor Agenda at the UN.

In response, Amb. Skoog said he was quite pleased to receive such a proposal from Amb. Kemayah, and promised to work with him to finalize the program to launch the Pro-poor Agenda at the next meeting of the Peace-building Commission expected to be held later this month.

Amb. Skoog said that the peace process in Liberia has proven to be very successful and is a model for peacekeeping operations globally.

He, however, stressed the importance of addressing the remaining challenges that could to undermine the hard-earned peace that the country is enjoying.

“Now, looking into the future, how can we face the remaining challenges? We need to have a dialogue aimed at strategizing on how the international community working with Liberia can sustain the gains already attained,” Skoog said.

Amb. Skoog further spoke of the need to keep engaging constructively in order to ensure that peace-building elements are sustained in Liberia.

On the bilateral front, Skoog expressed satisfaction for the long-standing ties enjoyed by Liberia and Sweden, which span many decades and assured that Sweden will remain a trusted partner.

Kemayah thanked Sweden for its valuable support to peace and development in Liberia, and recalled that, “When Liberia was considered on the brink of becoming a failed state, Sweden was one of the countries that came to our aid, humanitarian-wise, as well. The Swedish are good people to Liberia and Liberians will remain forever grateful.”
He assured that Liberia under the leadership of President Weah will “show the world that it can certainly return to its prewar status, and continue to be a model of a growing democracy, not only in the region, but the world over.”

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