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.
04 October 2021
UN Resident Coordinator Pays a Courtesy Call on the Honorable Speaker of the House of Representative
Discussions on key issues around the economic revitalization of Liberia and the how to ensure the effectiveness of aid to the country were proffered at the meeting. Honorable Dr. Bhofal Chambers expressed delight in the visit of Mr. Niels Scott and stressed the need for more public-private partnership, as a means of improving the economy and livelihoods of Liberians. He mentioned, “This would bring in better returns for the country”. He also noted that, “We should not be enamored to a particular idea but be open to change”. The Liberian Speaker also emphasized the need for greater partnership and discussions with donor partners. The UN Resident Coordinator highlighted the relevance of listening and coordinating with government as a means of guidance on direction of national priorities. He mentioned the need for gender equality and empowerment, pointing out that “gender equality and empowerment adds 20% to the economy of a country. Niels Scott stated his appreciation for the dialogue with the Speaker and promised to work with the government for the betterment of the Liberian people.
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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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19 October 2021
GCF-Financed Climate Resilience Project Launched with Support from UNDP
The Monrovia Metropolitan Climate Resilience Project (MMCRP), being undertaken with support from UNDP and funding from the Green Climate Fund, is aimed at protecting the lives, homes and livelihood activities of hundreds of families in the township, as well as critical infrastructure such as schools and fish landing beaches. “The sea keeps coming and taking up a lot of land space,” said Andrew Kafi, a community leader at West Point. “The houses used to be way back where there is sea now. The sea keeps coming and causing disaster and making a lot of people homeless. We as residents are really worried. If nothing is done, West Point will be totally wiped out.” The people of West Point try to stave off the ever-advancing ocean using sand bags and garbage mounds that are often quickly over run and washed away by the ocean, leaving their homes vulnerable and precariously positioned. “To protect our people from the existential risks posed by the climate crisis, this project will expand our coastal defenses, enhance livelihoods, create new economic opportunities, and improve the protection of the vulnerable mangrove ecosystems in the Monrovian metropolitan area,” said Professor Wilson K. Tarpeh, Executive Director of Liberia’s Environmental Protection Agency. Coastal erosion as a result of climate-induced rises in sea levels and intense tropical storms has already permanently destroyed the homes of more than 670 families, and put critical fishery businesses at risk in West Point. It is estimated that Liberia’s economy will incur between US$40m and US$48m in climate change-related damages by the year 2100, adversely impacting tens of thousands of people. “For the people in Liberia, climate change is a catastrophic reality that is literally eating up the ground from beneath their feet, and right before their eyes, plunging them into an uncertain future. We are doing our part to support the Government of Liberia as a matter urgency, to prevent further loss of homes and livelihoods. It is imperative for everyone – governments, businesses, industry, and communities, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are driving global warming and sea-level rises such as we are witnessing in Liberia,” said Stephen Rodriques, UNDP’s Resident Representative in Liberia. UNDP, working with Liberia’s Environment Protection Agency, has secured US$25.6 million from the Green Climate Fund to implement the six-year MMCRP project that will impact 250,000 vulnerable people. The project will not only build the coastal defense structures, but also promote climate-resilient livelihood initiatives to redress encroachment and destruction the Mesurado Wetlands that drain into the Atlantic Ocean through Monrovia. The wetlands are heavily harvested for fuel wood, and are a chocking catchment for garbage. The project builds on UNDP’s long-standing commitment to support the Government of Liberia’s response to the climate crisis. In 2020, the organization invested US$ 2.0 million for construction of coastal revetments in New Kru Town, also in Monrovia, saving the only government school in the borough, the D. Tweh High School, and homes. UNDP previously supported the construction of more coastal revetments in Buchanan city, Grand Bassa County, to the south of Monrovia, at a cost of US$ 2.9 million. UNDP is also at advanced stages of developing a similar project for Greenville, the capital of Sinoe County at a cost of US$8.9 million. Coastal erosion has already eaten away one of Greenville’s main streets. Nine out of Liberia’s fifteen counties are suffering the effects of coastal erosion.
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02 September 2021
SRSG Mahamat Saleh Annadif Visits His Excellency President George Manneh Weah
SRSG Mahamat Saleh Annadif informed President George Weah that his visit to Liberia was part of his regional tour, upon assumption of his duties in April 2021. His main message to the President was to renew UN commitment to sustaining peace and security in Liberia. President George Weah welcomed SRSG Annadif to Liberia. He congratulated the SRSG on his new appointment as SRSG and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel . President Weah also re-affirmed Liberia’s commitment to working closely with him and the United Nations team in Liberia to consolidate peace and democratic governance in Liberia, the region and Sahel, especially in the fight against terrorism. President Weah also recognised SRSG Annadif’s extensive national and international experience in peace processes in Africa, including in Niger, the Central African Republic and Sudan which he brings to the post. President Weah informed the SRSG of his long history of interactions and profound friendship with his predecessor, former SRSG Chambas, a dear friend and brother, expressing hope for similar and stronger relationship with SRSG Annadif. He also spoke of his amicable relationship with President Macky Sall of Senegal whom he referred to as mentor and senior brother. President Weah further stressed the “special relationship” between his Government and the UN in Liberia under the leadership of the Resident Coordinator and expressed confidence in the UN’s support to strengthen development efforts. SRSG Annadif expressed strong support for the implementation of the national development plan, the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development, suggesting adoption of UNDP’s regional Emergency Community Development Project as vehicle for accelerating community development, which has been successfully implemented in Senegal, Togo and The Gambia and aims to reduce poverty and growing inequalities between regions by providing rural communities with basic socioeconomic infrastructure.
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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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