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“Let’s Refocus, Readjust UN Priorities,” President Weah Urges World Leaders

(Monrovia, Liberia):The President of the Republic, Dr. George Manneh Weah, has stressed the urgency for collective action by world powers to review, re-focus and re-adjust the priorities of the United Nations so that it can become more relevant and more effective in meeting the challenges that are today presented by new global alliances and realities.

 

The Liberian Leader noted that the world has changed considerably since the United Nations came into existence after World War II, and the configuration of powers which obtained when its Charter was first written and upon which its decision-making structures were based, has witnessed many significant transformations over these past Seventy-Five years.

 

“In this regard, more attention has to be paid to inclusiveness of the most vulnerable in our societies, whose special needs require a new and different mind-set,” President Weah said in a visual statement on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 as he addressed the world body’s High-Level meeting in commemoration of its 75th Anniversary.

 

He said Liberia believes that the maintenance of world peace and security is of paramount importance for global growth and development.

 

“Every nation without peace is fragile, and has an uncertain future,” the Liberian Leader said. “Therefore, as we chart a new course for shared prosperity, we must reaffirm our collective commitment to multilateralism. As we confront these new challenges, multilateralism, international cooperation, and global solidarity will become increasingly important in addressing the complex problems that we now have to solve.”

 

Dr. Weah recalled that as part of the process of re-evaluation, the United Nations adopted in 2015 a set of seventeen (17) Global Goals to be met by 2030.

 

“These Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are intended to serve as a roadmap for our collective efforts to bring peace and prosperity to all mankind,” he noted, adding: “We are already five years into the 15-year Agenda, and with only 10 years left, it is already clear that we will have to re-double our efforts and accelerate our actions in many areas if we are to attain any or all of these lofty goals by the end of this decade.”

 

Dealing with COVID Pandemic

 

The UN General Assembly theme this year, “The Future we Want, the UN We Need: Reaffirming our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism - Confronting Covid-19 through Effective Multilateral Action”—President Weah stressed that such a theme could not be more appropriate, as the UN celebrates its founding amidst the ravishes of a global pandemic that has infected nearly 30 million citizens of most of its member states, and killed almost one million persons globally in just over six (6) months.

 

He used the forum to disclosed that Liberia was able to build on “our previous experience six (6) years ago with the Ebola Viral Epidemic, and I am proud to say that the Government and its development partners have mounted a robust National COVID Response that seems to have contained COVID-19 for the time being.”


The President further reported to the world body that “as a result, only about 1,320 Liberians have been affected by COVID-19 to date, of which approximately 1,213 of these have fully recovered, with some 82 Liberians falling to the pandemic.


He extended special thanks to Liberia’s bilateral and multilateral partners for the strong support received to deal with the COVID-19 emergency and help sustain the Liberian economy.

 

“The Government has now developed a Post-COVID Economic Recovery Plan that prioritizes short term actions and investments in key sectors such as agriculture and tourism, as a means of reducing the impact of COVID-19 but also providing the basis for economic recovery,” the Chief Executive asserted, acknowledging that the virus has exposed shortcomings, vulnerabilities of world order.

 

President Weah extended his deepest sympathy and condolences to the bereaved families of all those who lost their lives to this deadly disease.

 

Dealing with Socioeconomic Problems

 

He also used the occasion to report on many measures taken by his Government since the 74th General Assembly to deal with the persistent socio-economic problems that continue to beset Liberia.


For example, the President said, the closure of schools to contain the COVID pandemic had seen an unprecedented recent increase in rape and sexual gender-based violence perpetrated upon young women and girls who have had to stay at home but that his government had taken a couple of measures.


“In response to this epidemic within the pandemic, we recently convened a National Conference which involved all Sexual Gender-Based Violence stakeholders”, President Weah said. “This resulted in the validation of a comprehensive roadmap intended to mitigate the incidence of this menace in our society. Based on the recommendations that emanated from the roadmap, my Government has declared rape as a National Emergency, appointed a Special Prosecutor for rape, set up a Sex Offenders Registry, and established a National Security Task Force on Sexual and Gender Based Violence.”
 

On the issue of ending Female Genital Mutilation, he said, “for the first time in our country, traditional leaders have agreed to take ownership for ending this harmful practice. This has resulted into a first-of-its-kind suspension of the activities of all traditional bush schools in Liberia, where this harmful practice is carried out. In addition, we recently passed into law the Domestic Violence Act; a legal instrument that seeks to abolish all forms of violence meted out against women, children and men.”
 

On the issue of corruption, the Liberian Leader reported that in order to call attention to the persistence and prevalence of corruption in our society, a National Anti-Corruption Conference was recently held, which was attended by all stakeholders, in an attempt to find practical and lasting solutions to this age-old problem.

 

President Weah Rallies Liberians to Work for Unity, Peace and Development

(Monrovia, Liberia):The President of the Republic, H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah, has made a clarion call, urging Liberians to continue to work together in peace and harmony for the collective good of the Country. He said working together for the common good of Liberia is clearly articulated in the National Anthem when it says, “In union strong success is sure”.

 

Making remarks on Monday, August 24, 2020 at program commemorating Liberia’s 105th Flag Day, the Liberian Leader said our flag is a symbol of patriotism and national unity.

 

“Let us put aside our differences and come together as one people, placing the national interest above personal and partisan interests,” Dr. Weah said in a short statement.

 

He recalled that since the Liberian flag was first unveiled to the world 173 years ago to mark the birth of a new nation on the African continent, the Lone Star’s banner has come to symbolize the deeds and valor of our forefathers, to whom we remain constantly indebted.

 

 “We cannot fail if we are united and continue to work together,” the Liberian Leader stressed. 

 

“Today marks the 105th occasion when we celebrate the making of our most important national symbol, the Liberian Flag, with a National Holiday, as decreed by our National Legislature in 1915”, Pres. Weah recounted.

 

Continuing, the Liberian Chief Executive said the flag has come to represent the pride and dignity of the Liberian people, and to symbolize the hopes and aspirations of all Liberians, with its patriotic colors and design of red and white stripes and a white star on a blue background.

 

“This occasion presents yet another opportunity for us to reflect on our collective actions as a people, and steer a united course for the continued betterment of our nation,” the President noted, urging Liberians, both at home and abroad, to join forces for the good of the nation.

 

Dr. Weah congratulated the National Flag Day Orator, Hon. Mamensie Kabba, Assistant Minister for Administration, Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection, for delivering an inspiring and insightful message.

 

President Weah described the Orator’s message as very uplifting, particularly in these times as Liberia and the rest of the world battle the COVID 19 pandemic. 

 

The Liberian Leader committed himself to do all that is within his powers to turn over to the orator’s generation, the young people of Liberia, a country they would be proud of.

 

This year’s ceremony was held at the Ministerial Complex in Congo Town.

President Weah Issues Proclamation Declaring National Emergency on Rape

(Monrovia, Liberia):The President of the Republic, H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah, has issued a proclamation declaring rape as a national emergency.

 

The bold move by the President followed the successful conclusion of a 2-day National Anti-Rape and Sexual Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) Conference that was convened by Government to validate the National Roadmap on Rape and SGBV produced by the Inter-ministerial taskforce set up by him a few weeks ago.

 

In remarks at the end of the national stakeholders’ conference on September 9, and following the receipt of the communique derived from deliberations at the conference, the Feminist-In-Chief promised that his administration would move with deliberate speed in ensuring that commendations presented would be judiciously and expeditiously addressed.

 

The declaration of the National Rape Emergency on Friday, September 11, 2020, which has come barely two days out of the national anti-rape conference held on September 8-9, 2020, fulfilled that promise of the President and his zero tolerance stance on rape and SGBV.

 

Under the National Rape Emergency, President Weah declared initial measures that include the appointment of a Special Prosecutor for rape; the setting up of a National Sex Offender Registry; the establishment of a National Security Taskforce on SGBV, and the allotment of an initial amount of US$2 Million to beef up the fight against rape and SGBV in the country.

 

Speaking following the issuance of the proclamation, President Weah said his administration would spare no effort in ensuring that the rape and SGBV epidemic scourging the country is curtailed.

 

The Liberian Chief Executive said additional measures would be announced subsequently including Executive Orders to protect the vulnerable and to ban harmful traditional practices.

 

He urged all Liberians, activists and as well as local and international stakeholders to work with Government to defeat rape and SGBV in the country.

President Weah Underscores Government Determination to End COVID Pandemic Despite Dire Challenges

 

(July 27, 2020 - Monrovia, Liberia): The President of the Republic,  H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah, has bemoaned the impact coronavirus is having on the country and its people, severely crippling livelihoods and the national economy.


Like the rest of the world, Liberia remains heavily burdened by the devastating effects of the virus for months.
 

In a speech delivered Monday, July 27, 2020 at ceremonies commemorating Liberia's 173rd independence, President Weah said for several months now the coronavirus plague continues to emit its venomous toxins , causing the destruction to the lives of millions of people across the globe.
 

"Liberia has not been spared by the ravishes of this deadly disease," the Chief Executive said. He however indicated the country was in a much better position in terms of the number of infections and deaths because of its Ebola experience, as well as professional handling of the situation.
 

The Liberian Leader, who recounted precautionary and preventive measures earlier deployed by the government to stamp out the virus, said further, "Our economy and our people are still severely affected by the negative  consequences of the pandemic."
 

"Not surprisingly, it has caused drastic downtown in business activities and a consequent decline in revenue generation, as well as resulted in food shortages, rising inflation and negative projections in GPD growth," President Weah pointed out.
 

The President observed that the country is likely to endure the impact of the virus for a protracted period of time, but stressed that there was light at the end of the tunnel if Liberians came together in unison to fight the virus.
 

He urged Liberians to take cue from the constructive, instructive and  encouraging oration delivered by Rev. Dr. Simeon L. Dunbar, the 173rd Independence Day Orator.
 

The President said recommendations proffered by Orator Duncan’s oration bolstered hope that Liberia can conquer the virus once united,  focused, disciplined and determined.
 

President Weah reiterated his appeal to the people of Liberia to put aside their differences, whether political, social and religious, in order to overcome the virus.

 

At the same time, the Liberian Chief Executive promised his government's willingness and readiness to go extra miles in heightening its responsibility to the people and to bring to an end the COVID-19 chapter.
 

President Weah said there is a renewed impetus enabling his administration to uphold commitment towards improving the livelihood of the Liberian people.
 

The 173rd Independence Day, which was officially celebrated Monday, July 27 because the 26 was on Sunday, is the third observance of the National Day since President Weah assumed power.