Liberian President visits UNON

Liberian President visits UNON

On 15 December, the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, visited the UN HQ in Nairobi on the eve of Liberia’s entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO) – when its Accession Package will be put for formal acceptance to the 10th Ministerial Conference in Nairobi on Wednesday 16 December.  In her address to the UN staff, President Sirleaf announced that she will “be signing the deal in Nairobi tomorrow.” Liberia becomes the first of the last group of Least Developed Countries negotiating to seek membership in the WTO
Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Amina Mohamed – a former Assistant Secretary-General of the UN and Assistant Executive Director of UNEP, will be the chair of the meeting.

Liberian President plants a tree at UNON complex

Liberian President plants a tree at UNON complex

On her arrival to a rousing welcome at the HQs, President Sirleaf was met by the Director-General of UNON, Sahle-Work Zewde and then inspected a UN Guard of Honour. Following introductions and brief meetings with the senior UN Officials of UNEP and UN-Habitat, the President, as is customary for visiting dignitaries, planted a tree on the 140 acre UN grounds. President Sirleaf addressed UN staffers reminding them that she was a past colleague (UNDP Regional Director for Africa) and was familiar with the challenges and achievements of the Organization.

The President also noted that 2015 has been a significant year of UN action – marked by the transition from the MDGs to the Sustainable Development Goals and COP 21 – an agreement she termed as “addressing the future of our children”.

The Head of State also took the time to thank past and present staffers who participated in the ongoing reconstruction efforts of Liberia following the UN brokered peace agreement that ended a decade long civil war.

At the close of her remarks, the President was presented with a gift from representatives of UN Women as a mark of appreciation for her global leadership.

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