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Ahead of Presidential Runoff: UN Renews Call On Liberia …. For Peaceful, Credible Polls

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By: H. Richard Fallah

MONROVIA: Ahead of the much-anticipated Presidential runoff election between incumbent President George Manneh Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), and former Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai, of the opposition Unity Party (UP), the United Nations has cautioned political stakeholders in Liberia to respect the rule of law and avoid violence.

In a special statement commemorating the “United Nations Day” issued Monday, October 23, 2023, the UN, through its Liberia resident coordinator, Madame Christine N. Umutoni, noted that it is important that political parties uphold the Farmington River Declaration’s pledge for peace and judicial resolution of election disputes, and that, together with the public, the NEC and the joint security; continue to demonstrate the same resilience and patriotism to ensure a transparent and trustworthy polls.
“This will be a profound testimony and commitment to democratic values, and a welcome move towards a brighter future,” she said.

The UN envoy indicated that as the world commemorates the United Nations (UN) Day, today Tuesday, October 24, 2023, a celebration of the founding of the global body (UN) in 1945; it is a memory that comes with a renewed sense of hope and optimism.

According to her, the United Nations Day serves as an annual reminder of the shared commitment to the principles outlined in the UN Charter and provides an opportunity to reflect on the collective journey as participating members envision a better world for future generations.

“On this day, we reaffirm our unwavering commitment to fostering peace, development, and human rights,” madame Umutoni assured.

The United Nations resident coordinator has, at the same time, mentioned that the celebration of the UN Day, coincides with the successful completion of the first round of Liberia’s general elections, conducted in a generally peaceful and broadly transparent manner as affirmed by election observation missions.

She said, that the high voter turnout, particularly among young people and women, signifies collective aspiration for a prosperous future.

The UN executive averred that the active political engagement of the youth, who constitute 75 per cent of the population, according to the 2022 National Population and Housing Census, and indeed the future of Liberia, is crucial for the nation’s development.

“It is a testament to the strength of democracy and resilience of Liberians, she maintained.

Meanwhile, UN also recalled its support to the Government of Liberia, in implementing the Pro Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development through the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF 2020-2024), which it says, guides the work of the UN system in Liberia.
“We will continue to provide support for sustainable peace and inclusive development,” the statement read.

Madame Umutoni continued that, as the UN reflects on the progress made and the challenges that lie ahead, Liberia’s efforts in promoting democracy, peace, and development are commendable, as she encouraged the nation to continue striving towards prosperity and inclusivity for all its citizens.

“As we work together to address the pressing issues of our time, including climate change, poverty, and inequality, the UN remains dedicated to supporting Liberia’s endeavors, she said.

Ms. Christine N. Umutoni has at the same time, noted that the international community has the responsibility to continue accompanying Liberia’s democratic gains, noting that the United Nations along with Liberia, should collectively strive towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and addressing major development challenges that impact Liberia and the global community.

“Let us strengthen our resolve to build a better world, one that is fair, just and equitable,” she furthered noted.

According to her, the United Nations remains unwavering in its commitment to support Liberia on its path towards a more peaceful and prosperous future.

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