New York- Liberia has been appointed by the United Nations (UN) as a member of the UN Advisory Committee for Global Food Systems Summit 2021.
Liberia was appointed along with Morocco as the two Africa countries to represent the African continent on the committee. The two African countries were endorsed by the African Group of 54 Permanent Representatives and Ambassadors to the UN in June 2020.
The candidature and appointment of Liberia, according to a dispatch from New York was championed by Liberia Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Dee-Maxwell Kemayah.
Speaking during the inaugural meeting of the Advisory Committee of the UN Secretary-General’s Food Systems Summit 2021 held virtually on July 7, 2020, Ambassador Kemayah described Liberia’s membership on the Advisory Committee and participation in the inaugural meeting as a major step forward for the country as the committee’s objectives align with the vision of President Weah regarding food security, ending hunger and reducing poverty.
“We are especially pleased about the preferment of the Republic of Liberia as one of the two African Countries appointed as members of the Global Food Systems Summit 2021; given the fact that this preferment of Liberia as a Member of the Global Food Systems Summit 2021 is also within the trajectory of the uncompromising, relentless and passionate vision of His Excellency President George Manneh Weah; to ending hunger, achieving food security, improving nutrition and promoting sustainable agriculture; reducing poverty; health for all; economic growth; industrial development, innovation, and infrastructure; sustainable production and consumption; climate change; ecosystems, biodiversity, and forests; which are certainly linked to the food systems.” Amb. Kemayah said.
Amb. Kemayah extended heartfelt gratitude to the African Group of Ambassadors and the entire UN system for the confidence reposed in the Government of Liberia to serve on such an important committee.
He also assured the Chair of the Advisory Committee, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohamed, of Liberia’s support for the UN Secretary-General and his Reform Agenda.
The Liberian Permanent Representative stressed the need for more concrete actions to address food insecurity globally.
“The United Nations Secretary-General’s Global Food Systems Summit, scheduled to be held in 2021 is more than welcoming; and will provide another opportunity to find ways and means to enhancing the global food systems, and to further the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal Two (2) within the context of the cross-cutting nature of the Sustainable Development Goals.”
The goals of the Global Food Systems Summit includes the provision of strategic advice for the preparatory process and guidance to the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the 2021 Food Systems Summit and will bring together a multi-stakeholder body of leaders across various areas of expertise, constituencies, and capabilities that are essential to delivering a Summit with a transformational set of outcomes and actionable commitments.