President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Africa Ready To Speak With One Voice – Pres. Sirleaf
MONROVIA, March 10 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has reassured the African Permanent Representative to the United Nations about the continent’s readiness to speak with one voice during the negotiations of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
President Sirleaf, who is currently serving as the Chair of the High-Level Committee on Post-2015 Development Agenda, regarding Africa’s participation in the Intergovernmental Negotiations process, made the remarks Monday when she had a brief discussion with the Permanent Representatives of the African Union (AU) Member States in New York.
She observed that the African leaders were very pleased with the consultations leading to the adoption of the African Common Position (ACP), which she said was as a result of abroad consultative processes.
The Liberian leader said the aims of such consultations were to bring everyone on board, and above all, to ensure that views gathered are harmonized to form part of the global agenda.
She, however, pointed out that Africa will endeavor to work along with partners to achieve global development objectives.
The Ambassadors of South Africa, Rwanda, Tanzania and Ethiopia, while expressing appreciation to President Sirleaf for the leadership role she continues to play in negotiating the ACP, appealed to the AU through President Sirleaf to continue to press forward for the total reflection of the Africa’s concerns in the global economic agenda.
They also reminded the President that financing was a key to realizing the “ambitious plans” being reflected in Post-2015 Development Agenda, arguing that the ACP contains sound foundation in achieving economic prosperity for Africa.
In respond, President said that the most critical component of the discussion has to do with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She said infrastructural development and trade terms were issues that must be taken into account in order to ensure that Africa gets a better deal for her natural resources.
At the same time, President Sirleaf has expressed gratitude on behalf of the Government and the people of Liberia to the African Group for the level of support and solidarity provided to Liberia during the Ebola crisis.
She said regional intervention to ensure that the 10 years of peace was not wasted in vain, and revealed that as of present, there are no known cases of Ebola in Liberia.
Earlier, President Sirleaf met with a cross section of Liberian delegation attending the Conference of the Commission on the Status of Women.
Presenting the delegation to President Sirleaf, Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Julia Duncan Cassel, said Liberia was fully represented at the Commission with several individuals from the various sectors of the society.
For her part, President Sirleaf advised the delegation to make maximum use of their presence to participate actively in all the proceedings with the view to broadening their understanding of the issues confronting their society. She urged them to serve as Ambassadors for their country.