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Pres. Weah pays tribute to UN on its 74th Anniversary

Executive Mansion/Maximilian Kasseh, Jr.
President George Manneh Weah
President George Manneh Weah

Mr. Kingsley Amaning, UN Resident Coordinator;
Ambassadors, Heads of UN Agencies, and Donor Partners;
Members of the Liberian Government here present;


Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen:

Today, on the occasion of the celebration of the 74th Anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations, I wish to offer congratulations from the Government and People of Liberia, and in my own name, to the Secretary General, Mr. Antonio Guterres, and the entire UN family, for reaching this important milestone.

When the United Nations was established in 1945, after the end of the Second World War, its Charter stated that one of its main purposes was to “prevent succeeding generations from the scourge of war.” Although this lofty goal has not been perfectly attained, there is no doubt that the United Nations has indeed succeeded in preventing more global wars, by providing a neutral forum where most nations can resolve their differences through peaceful means.

Furthermore, through the important work of its various agencies, the United Nations has remained true to the remit of its Charter, as it has worked over the years to maintain international peace and security, promote human rights, gender equality, social justice, and the economic and social advancement of the people of the world.

And yet, as we near the end of almost three quarters of a century of the existence of the United Nations, we must acknowledge that the world today is experiencing heightened tensions from regional conflicts and increasing uncertainty in international security. The global economy is also stressed by the introduction of trade protectionism and tariff wars between some of the major economies, which threaten free trade and negatively impact many countries, especially those in the developing world. Mass migrations of people from poor countries fleeing oppression, or seeking better economic opportunities, suggest that significant imbalances in income equality and social justice continue to remain.

Yet, there is reason for hope, and not despair. As I said during my address to the United Nations General Assembly last month, I continue to have faith and confidence in the United Nations as the best universal institution to guide the nations of the world in peaceful and harmonious interactions. I am confident in the ability of the United Nations to maintain international peace and security, foster friendly relations among nations, and promote social progress, better living standards, and human rights.

Liberia is a direct beneficiary of United Nations interventions and assistance, and we will continue to rely on your strong support for our efforts to achieve sustainable development through our Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development. My Administration is placing particular emphasis on the agriculture, education, and health sectors in the coming months, and will be seeking even closer collaboration from your relevant agencies in accelerating their growth and development.

DISTINGUISHED LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

As I have often said, without peace, our world will be difficult. None of our development goals and objectives can be achieved without peace. So Iet us work together to maintain the peace which we now enjoy, so that we can bring growth, development and prosperity to the People of Liberia.
We want to say a special welcome to the new Resident Coordinator, and look forward to a strong and productive working relationship with the United Nations agencies and organizations in Liberia, under his leadership

Let me once again congratulate the United Nations community on this Special Day. I pledge Liberia’s commitment to a continued collaborative partnership with the United Nations, as it aims to transform the world through sustainable peace and development.

I thank you.

 


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