President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Liberian Leader To Address 71st UN General Assembly Today
MONROVIA, September 22 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will today address the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
According to a Foreign Ministry release, the Liberian leader will address the world body at about 7:00 p.m. local time.
President Sirleaf is expected to highlight Liberia’s long road to recovery after years of conflict; the social and economic progress the country has made so far; as well as the challenges associated with transitioning from a period of recovery to sustainable development through the diversification of the economy.
Also, the Liberian leader is expected to touch on the consolidation of peace and security by the handover of full security to the Government of Liberia by the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).
As chair of the sub-regional organization, ECOWAS, President Sirleaf is expected to highlight regional issues, including the just-concluded agreed peace plan for Guinea Bissau.
On Tuesday, September 20, the General Debate of the 71st UN General Assembly commenced with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presenting his report to the world body, his final as Secretary-General following two-terms.
For his part, the President of the General Assembly, Peter Thomas said during the seventy-first session, he is committed to a universal push for the implementation of all 17 Sustainable Development Goals, stressing that he would push for a United Nations development system that would work seamlessly as one.
The General Debate at the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly continues until September 26.