Former President Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, SAP CEO, Bill McDermott, and Kofi Annan (post-mortem) and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, wife of Canadian Prime Minister, were jointly honored by the United Nations Association of New York for their work on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and helping to eliminate gender discrimination around the world, a release has said.
According to the UN Association of New York, the award comes at a time when trust in public institutions and the will for global collaboration is at an all-time low.
Hours later, Madam Sirleaf co-chaired the Board Meeting of Emerging Public Leaders, a program designed to train and mentor young Africans who are dedicated to public service, and then as a participating board member in a meeting of the International Crisis Group in New York.
Whilst in the United Kingdom in during the week, Madam Sirleaf participated in a Board Meeting of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, and then keynoted the 2018 Annual Lecture of the Royal African Society.
She also met with Harriett Baldwin, United Kingdom’s Minister of State for Africa at the UK Parliament, and reemphasized the need for continuous support to Liberia.
“We have a new government in place, and I want to encourage the UK to remain focus on Liberia, Madam Sirleaf pleaded on behalf of the country.
She also traveled to Brussels to launch a high-level group of personalities for effective and strategic EU-African relations, with a focus on jobs, growth, and the challenge of young unemployment.
Madam Sirleaf will end her visit today, October 15, when she travels to Edinburgh, Scotland, to have a general discussion on Africa with David Pilling, the Africa’s editor of the Financial Times.