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Liberia Chairs ECOWAS Group Of Ambassadors At UNESCO
MONROVIA, November 8 (LINA) - Liberia's Ambassador to France and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, Dr. C. William Allen, has been unanimously endorsed as the Chairman of the ECOWAS Group of Ambassadors at U.N. agency.
Ambassador Allen replaces his Senegalese counterpart, Abdou Sourang, whose tenure expired in June 2016.
In his turn-over remarks, out-going Chair Sourang thanked his colleagues for the level of support they accorded him and the accomplishments they achieved during his tenure.
Sourang called on his colleagues to give to the new Chairman of the group, Ambassador Allen, their full cooperation as he takes on the administration of the group in the year ahead.
In acceptance remarks, Ambassador Allen, who is the first Liberian envoy to Chair that group promised to work for the general good of the organization by seeking consultations in the effective running of the group.
Ambassador Allen proposed the coordination of the various programs at the level of African Ambassadors and regional groups into a single calendar to derive maximum benefits at the different organizations.
According to the Protocol of the ECOWAS Group of Ambassador at UNESCO, the country currently chairing the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State automatically becomes the chair of the sub-regional group of Ambassadors and Permanent Delegates at UNESCO.
It can be recalled that in June 2016, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was unanimously elected as Chair of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS, at the 49th Ordinary Meeting of the Authority.
President Sirleaf is the first female Head of State of Africa to be elected as the Chair of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government.
Ambassador Allen was appointed Liberia's Ambassador to France and UNESCO by President Sirleaf and officially resumed duties in March 2014.