December 6, 2023

Pres. Weah Addresses 77 UNGA on Climate Change and Security

President George Manneh Weah of Liberia has informed the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly that his Government continues to take action through the formulation of new policy frameworks and strategic interventions to address the impacts of climate change and protect the environment. He said Liberia commits to achieving a target of sixty-four (64%) percent reduction in carbon emission below business-as-usual by 2030.

“We believe that the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Egypt (COP 27) will offer the chance to advance the aims of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change”.

Mr. Weah noted that sustainable development can take place only in a peaceful and secure environment. He said in fulfillment of Liberia’s commitment to the maintenance of regional and global peace and security, Liberia takes pride as a troop-contributing country, with Liberian troops and other security apparatus serving in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), and the United Nations Interim Security Forces for Abyei (UNISFA).

It is reported that the civil war in Liberia an ECOWAS nation claimed the lives of almost 150,000 civilians and led to a complete breakdown of law and order. ECOWAS created a Military Observer Group (ECOMOG) in August 1990, the Group initially comprised about 4,000 troops from Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone to help bring peace to the country followed by the United Nations troops in September 1993. Liberian troops serving as peacekeepers in other nations is a way of paying back to the global cost of keeping peace and security.

Mr. Weah expressed gratitude on behalf of the people of Liberia to the UN, as well as to bilateral and multilateral partners, for their continued assistance in enabling Liberia to contribute to international and regional peace and security.

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