The young Liberians promised never to allow themselves to be used as instruments of destruction and violence, noting that the international community has invested immense human and material resources over the last 14 years and they will do nothing to derail the current peace that the nation enjoys.
Speaking on the roadmaps developed through the five Work-Labs on Economic Prosperity and Entrepreneurship; Diversity, Tolerance and Reconciliation; Arts, Sports and Culture; Elections and Electoral Processes; and Integrity and Anti-Corruption, the young Liberians promised, among other outcomes, to engage in an intense social media campaign and networking using Facebook, Twitter and other platforms to educate their peers on the dividends of a peaceful Liberia.
The 200 young Liberians, selected from the fifteen counties, promised to change the course of history by engaging in productive ventures such as agriculture and small business enterprises to address the problem of unemployment and poverty that affect young people around the world.
"We will advocate and serve as champions of accountability and transparency to ensure that public resources and public monies are use solely for human and infrastructural development," the Ambassadors vowed.
They also pledged not to allow their ranks to be infiltrated by political parties and politicians to spread messages of hate; and they will refuse to engage in pre-electoral or post electoral violence which has the potential to undo the gains and progress made over the last 14 years.
In separate statements, the Director of the Department for Africa at the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), Mr. Torbjörn Pettersson, said the commitments exhibited by the young Liberians demonstrates their willingness to change the course of history and urged them to use their energy for the good of the country.
He extended special thanks to Accountability Lab Liberia and the other partners for the excellent organization of the conference.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who earlier declared the conference opened, said the forum provided the opportunity for the young people to exchange views on strategies to arrest financial indiscipline, the lack of transparency and accountability in the governance system.
"Judging by Liberia’s past, transparency, accountability, honesty and sincerity have been eroded. I welcome and commend the Liberian-born Super Star Joseph Van Vicker as well as Accountability Lab-Liberia and partners for organizing the conference," she concluded.
Youth and Sports Minister, Mr. Charles Saa N'Tow, who spoke at the closing ceremony said history has been made by the commitment demonstrated by the young people over the two days.
"The intense engagement in the discussions in the five Work Labs is indicative that young people are beginning to find their niche in the body politics of Liberia," Mr. N’Tow said.
He described the Work Lab concept as pioneering because it allows for cross examination of innovative ideas that can be tested and nurtured for the good of society.
He hoped that the National Youth Peace Building Conference will be held annually to continue the engagement and give young people a voice in
the governance of the country.
Conversations in the five Work Labs were facilitated by motivational speakers and expert facilitators from both Liberia and Sweden including former Swedish Ambassador to Liberia, Lena Nordstrom; Paynesville City Mayor, Cyvette Gibson; and Ms. Gwendolyn Myers, among others.