President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Thursday, June 23, 2016 received a three-member delegation from the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) headed by its Executive Director, Dr. Carlos Lopez.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf welcomed the UNECA delegation to Liberia and expressed appreciation for the many support from the UNECA. “You have also given Liberia very quick responses whenever called upon”, she pointed out. She acknowledged that Liberia was strong in the formulation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adding that it is expected that the country will also be strong in the implementation of the SDGs. Liberia, she pointed out is keen in getting started with the implementation of the SDGs and that UNECA’s support in that regard will be critically important. She noted that the SDGs are hugely associated with the AU Vision 2063 and Liberia’s 2030 Vision, thus making the implementation of the SDGs consistent with the National Agenda. For his part, Dr. Carlos Lopez thanked President Sirleaf for the opportunity to also confer with her and recalled that a team from the UNECA was recently in Liberia to work with the country’s health sector. He indicated that the UNECA is keen on supporting capacity development and assured that Liberia will not lack support on the SDGs. The UNECA Executive Director noted that Africa is strong on the goals and the financing agreement and that how each country in Africa blend their national agendas with the SDGs is very important. He insisted that with President Sirleaf’s leadership, Liberia can get the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals right, urging the development of the roadmap that will guide the country with its implementation process. He then committed the UNECA’s support in that regard. He concluded that the UNECA is working with the larger African community through the Africa Union.