Liberia Elected Member to UN Committee for Program and Coordination – Begins Three-Year Mandate

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Liberia has been elected member to the United Nations Committee for Program and Coordinating.

Liberia’s Ambassador Extraordinary, Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr.  made the disclosure recently in a dispatch.

Amb. Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr.

He said the country has been given a three year mandate beginning this year to December 31, 2022 at the 60th Session of the UN Committee which started on June 8, 2020 and is expected to end on July 2, 2020.

Speaking during the meeting recently, Amb. Kemayah assured the UN that the country will continue to discharge its responsibility to ensure the UN values are successful.

Said Ambassador Kemayah: “As you are aware, Mr. Chair, this occasion marking the opening of the 60th Session of the Committee for Programme and Coordination of the United Nations is historic for us; as Liberia is participating in its capacity as a Member of the UN Committee for Programme and Coordination; and more importantly; the first session for Liberia’s mandate for Three (3) years as a Member; which runs from now to December 31, 2022. In this premise, you can count on our support in the discharge of your laudable responsibility as we together endeavor to contribute to the organization of the work of the committee in ways that add value and success”.

Ambassador Kemayah expressed delight that Liberia’s election on the Committee is Country Specific and absolutely not individual representation bound; stressing that: “any Liberian desired by the Government of Liberia at any point in time can represent the Country on this Committee.”

Members of the United Nations Committee for Programme and Coordination, include the United States of America, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Russian Federation, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Portugal, India, Brazil, Argentina, Botswana, Ethiopia, Bulgaria, Cameroon among others.

The Committee has a total Membership of 31 persons.

Ambassador Kemayah on behalf of President George Manneh Weah, and the Government and People of Liberia appreciated the United Nations General Assembly for the election of Liberia as a Member of the Committee.

Ambassador Kemayah also extended warm congratulations to the out-going Chair, His Excellency Mr. Collen V. Kelapile, the Permanent Representative of Botswana for a job very well done, and certainly hope that all can leverage the experience of Ambassador Kelapile in conducting the affairs of the Committee.

The Liberian envoy welcomed the election of the other officers to serve on the Committee, as well as the adoption of the agenda and organization of work.

The  mandate of the United Nations Committee for Programme and Coordination, is to examine the totality of the United Nations Secretary-General’s work programme, giving particular attention to programme changes arising out of decisions; either adopted by intergovernmental organs and conferences or suggested by the United Nations Secretary-General amongst others.