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Liberia gives Pledging Conference US$50,000.00

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 Foreign Minister, Marjon Kamara, addressing a visiting delegation in Monrovia
Foreign Minister, Marjon Kamara, addressing a visiting delegation in Monrovia

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-Liberia has made a modest contribution of fifty thousand United States Dollars (US$50,000.00.) to the Special pledging conference of the UN Secretary General’s Peace-Building Fund.

The fund raising exercise is intended to increase donors' contributions to and mobilize resources for the Peace-Building Fund.

According to draft talking points by Foreign Minister, Marjon Kamara, and released Wednesday, September 21, 2016, the Special Pledging Conference was held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The draft talking points also quotes Minister Kamara as saying: “The Peace-Building Fund is also intended to building political momentum for addressing systemic and structural challenges related to sustainable financing for programs aimed at sustaining peace.”

In her draft talking points, she also said: “Since September 2010, Liberia has benefited from financial support from the Peace-Building Fund.”

“From 2013 to present, such support has aligned the Peace-Building Commission’s priorities and engagements with our government's Agenda for Transformation.”

“Through this partnership, the fund has taken us closer to achieving our priorities which we have defined to be reforming the security sector, restoring of the rule of law and reviving basic services,” Foreign Minister Kamara

“The Peace-Building Fund has also built institutional capacities in the areas of justice and security through the court system,” she further noted.

Such institutional capacity building includes decentralization of law enforcement and justice, Public Defenders, Magistrates and creating a platform of security and justice hubs.

The Liberian Foreign Minister said: “Recently, Liberia concluded a new Statement of Mutual Commitment with the Peace-Building Commission to which we remain committed.”

The full implementation of this will enable the consolidation of peace in the long term as well as successfully see us through the conduct of Legislative and Presidential Elections in October, 2017, the Minister added.

“With our contribution, we demonstrate sincere gratitude and confirm the relevant and critical role the Peace-building Fund has played in sustaining peace in Liberia.”

“We anticipate, over time, that the Liberian economy overcomes the shocks of reduced prices of natural resources, we can contribute even more,” Minister Kamara concluded in her draft talking points.

Meanwhile, Liberia is commending the Governments of Kenya, Mexico, the Netherlands, and the Republic of Korea, Somalia, Sri Lanka, as well as Sweden and the United Kingdom for organizing this Special Pledging Conference.



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