The Sustainable Development Goals in Liberia
The Sustainable Development Goals are a global call to action to end poverty, protect the earth’s environment and climate, and ensure that people everywhere can enjoy peace and prosperity. The UN in Liberia, the Government and Partners are ensuring that the 17 SDGs are achieved in Liberia although emphases are attached to those relevant to the country context.
11 August 2021
Liberia Multi-Partner Trust Fund/ Peacebuilding Fund Sponsors Training of Trainers Workshop for Liberian Youth
Twenty-seven Participants from six communities: Tumutu, Salala and Totota in Bong County; Ganglota, Salayea, Konia, Yeala and Boi in Zorzor District, Lofa County are benefitting from this ToT. Providing the overview of the training during opening programme, Mr. Salif Haji. Massalay, ILO Country Manager in Liberia said that the training is part of a peace building intervention jointly implemented by the ILO, together with FAO and WFP in Liberia. It is funded by the UN Peacebuilding Fund with the project titled, “Strengthening the Role of Youth in Reducing Conflict through the Promotion of Rural Employment Opportunities in Conflict-Prone Areas”. He stated that the project aims to sustain peace by addressing two interlinked root causes of conflict in Liberia, namely grievance over insufficient participation of young women and men in local dispute resolution and lack of employment and livelihoods opportunities for rural youth. He also mentioned that the project is targeting 600 youths as direct beneficiaries. For his part, Mr. John R. Dennis of the Liberia Multi-Partner Trust Fund/ Peacebuilding Fund (LMPTF/PBF), assured participants that upon completion of the training, they will be provided the needed resources and support to organize and have an effective cooperative structure to benefit their respective communities. UN Resident Coordinator, Niels Scott, has emphasized that the LMPTF/PBF “remains fundamental and an important priority in supporting reconciliation and stability for the Government and people of Liberia”.
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07 September 2021
Liberia Receives Additional 108,000 Doses of J&J Covid-19 Vaccines
This was made possible through the African Union's African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT), with support from UNICEF and the WHO and funding from the World Bank. The consignment was received by the Minister of Health, Dr. Wilhemina Jallah , Acting Country Manager of World Bank (Liberia) ,Mr. Mark Mulbah , World Health Representative , Dr. Zabulon Yoti along with UN in Liberia Resident Coordinator, Niels Scott. The UN Resident Coordinator noted that so far, more than 80% of the Covid -19 doses administered have gone to people in high-income and upper-middle-income countries. This has led to leaders of the G7 pledging extra doses for low- and middle-income countries by the end of this year. He stated that the US government among others pledged to provide vaccines across the world and we saw this pledge become reality for Liberia when 302,000 J&J doses arrived in Liberia a month ago. Resident Coordinator Niels Scott highlighted the progress on assuring vaccination takes place based on need and not nationality or wealth - and this latest shipment of 108,000 doses of single dose J&J vaccine puts Liberia even more firmly on path to meets its target of having 40% of the population vaccinated by December and 70% vaccinated by the middle of next year. He stressed that the spotlight, of course, is now once again very much on the Government and people of Liberia to make sure these doses are injected into people’s arms. "We are fortunate that that these vaccines today have a long expiry date but nonetheless there is pressure to move forward to meet those targets. The MoH has an excellent track record and should be proud of their capacity to ensure vaccine take-up despite some of the toughest logistical constraints in the region and the UN , with WHO and UNICEF in the forefront, is proud to be supporting the MoH in achieving this", he said.
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26 July 2021
Liberia receives over 300,000 Johnson & Johnson COVID 19 Vaccines through COVAX Facility
On July 25th, Liberia received a shipment of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, donated by the US government via COVAX collaboration with the African Union and Africa CDC and a number of implementing partners. With the 302,400 doses, the country will resume the vaccination campaign, which has been halted after vaccines previously received were used up amid case surge in in June and July. National authorities have identified 20 per cent of the priority population to be targeted. The priority group includes health care workers, elderly people over 60, people with co-morbidities, refugees and other essential workers who cannot social distance due to the work they performed. So far, over 95,500 doses have been administered and approximately 9,200 people or 0.2 percent of the population are fully vaccinated. The UN team, led by Resident Coordinator Niels Scott, continues to provide a wide variety of support to bring the health emergency under control. “This pandemic has again highlighted that health systems and investing in health system strengthening remains the foundation of a health society, healthy communities, and healthy economy”- Niels Scott, Resident Coordinator, Liberia The UN Children’s Fund has been providing logistic support to get the vaccines into the country. UNICEF has been supporting with transportation and custom clearance of COVID-19 Vaccines; cold chain system strengthening through procurement, transportation and distribution of Solar Direct Drives, refrigerated Vans and provision of PPEs; support with WASH facility rehabilitation in Starbase facility (COVID 19 treatment center) and with Risk Communication & Community Engagement activities along with WHO- Jingles, radio talk shows, community engagement and Interreligious council engagement WHO support on COVID Response -Surveillance- (Contact tracing and case investigation, strengthening and expanding lab capacity, enhanced surveillance, Data generation and capacity building of surveillance Officers-case investigation and contacts follow up);Logistics – Procurement of essential supplies and equipment; Case management (Updating and revising of guidelines, Training of health care workers in Clinical care of COVID-19, technical assistance in the development of assessment tools for treatment unit and home based care); Infection prevention and control (Training, monitoring and provision of supplies); Vaccine Pillar- planning and deployment of vaccines, investigation of AEFI, incentives payment and rapid vaccine acceptance surveys)
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03 August 2021
Sweden and UNDP Sign US$ 4.8 million Financing Agreement to Support Liberia's Electoral Process
The main objective of LESP is to strengthen electoral and democratic institutions and processes in Liberia, focusing on strengthening inclusion and transparency of the electoral process, enhancing institutional capacity and accountability of electoral stakeholders, and strengthening the peaceful conduct of elections, with particular attention to early warning mechanisms, the conduct of security forces, and violence against women in elections. H.E. Ingrid Wetterqvist, Swedish Ambassador to Liberia, stated, “The Swedish support is firmly based on the new Swedish Strategy for Development Cooperation in Liberia 2021-2025, and, in particular, strengthened democratic governance and rights, including Women's Political Participation and Leadership, while peace is further consolidated through the higher levels of capacities, integrity, transparency and accountability amongst the electoral stakeholders.” She added, “In addition, a part of the upcoming support from Sweden will also encompass supporting Civil Society, with particular emphasis on election observation. Thus, providing a balanced and comprehensive package of support to electoral assistance.” Sweden’s commitment to supporting both the Liberia National Elections Commission (NEC) and UNDP efforts to strengthen electoral and democratic processes in Liberia dates back to 2010-2014 when funding was provided for elections basket fund. The support to LESP will target in particular inclusion- with a specific focus on women’s political participation, civic and voter education, capacity development of electoral and democratic institutions, as well as prevention of electoral violence. Acting UNDP Resident Representative Violet Baffour observed "Sweden has been an essential partner in UNDP Liberia's work to develop the capacity of accountable, just, and peaceful institutions that support democratic and electoral processes. Together we are committed to continuing to provide sound and sustainable support to Liberia as it strives to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and its Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development." The UN Resident Coordinator, Niels Scott stated, “Democracy is always a work in progress, and we appreciate the Government of Sweden’s contribution to Liberia’s democratic process”. He added, “We are especially pleased to see the spotlight will be given to women’s political participation-which will only serve to strengthen democracy”. He also lauded the UNDP on driving this important initiative.
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02 September 2021
SRSG for West Africa and the Sahel Pays a Two-Day Visit to Liberia
This visit is part of his familiarization tour in the sub region. The SRSG Annadif along with UN in Liberia Resident Coordinator, Niels Scott on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, held discussions with the UN Country Team in Liberia. Discussions focused on the UN development programmes and initiatives as well as critical issues around national development. In talks with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Dee-Maxwell Kemayah, the SRSG on behalf of the UN, expressed his gratitude to the Government of Liberia for hosting up to 40,000 refugees from the Ivory Coast. He emphasized the excellent relationship between the UN Country team in Liberia, led by the Resident Coordinator, Niels Scott, and the Government of Liberia. He noted the challenges the country had overcome in the past years and stressed that the “UN is ready to support and accompany Liberia in its developmental efforts”. On his part, the Minister of Foreign Affairs congratulated Mr. Annadif on his preferment and highlighted the excellent relationship Liberia has with the office of the SRSG for West Africa and the Sahel. He mentioned the progress made in stabilizing the Covid-19 third wave pandemic with support from the UN Country Team in Liberia. He also spoke about the improvement in the Liberian economy under the leadership of the President of Liberia, His Excellency George Manneh Weah. Mr. Kemayah underscored the need for a larger United Nations footprint in rural parts of Liberia and local communities, as a key desire of the Government and the President. The SRSG will also pay a visit to the President of Liberia, His Excellency George Manneh Weah on Thursday, September 2, 2021.
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10 September 2021
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