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The UN Envoy expressed commitment to working with the Liberian Government in achieving the Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development. However, he noted that UN adheres strictly to its fiduciary standards to safeguard UN funds against misuse and integrity risks. News 

Liberia: United Nations Threatened To Withhold Funds

    MONROVIA – The United Nations has warned the George Weah administration of financial malfeasance and mismanagement of UN funds, citing the failure on the part of the government to provide timely and accurate reports on UN-funded programs. The caveat was contained in a communication from the UN Resident Coordinator, Yacoub El Hillo to the Minister of State, Nathaniel McGill. The letter is dated April 25, 2019. According to the UN Envoy, over the last few months, “several [UN] agencies have experienced challenges in getting timely and accurate reports…

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Liberia Says It Is Ready For United Nations Departure

The Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Cllr. Benedict F. Sannoh, has reaffirmed government’s commitment to maintaining peace and stability in the wake of United Nations Mission in Liberia’s (UNMIL) drawdown by next year, adding, “We are ready to take over the mantle of the security sector as UNMIL operations come to an end by June, 2016.” Minister Sannoh made the statement recently at the Ministry of Information, Culture Affairs and Tourism regular press briefing, held in Monrovia. He said as part of government’s preparations, the security sector is being…

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Liberia: Welcoming UNMIL Mandate Extention

E D I T O R I A L THE UNITED NATIONS Security Council Resolution 2239 has extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and decreased UNMIL’s authorized military strength from 3,590 to 1,240 military personnel. THE 1,240 MILITARY personnel includes one infantry battalion and related enablers, by 30 June 2016 and to decrease UNMIL’s authorized police strength from 1,515 to 606 police personnel, which includes three formed police units, as well as immigration and police advisers, by 30 June 2016. THE UN RESOLUTION also requests…

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UN Peace Keepers exploiting 1000s of Liberian Women!

Pic: un.org By George Russel EXCLUSIVE: A study cited in a just-published evaluation of the ugly problem of sexual exploitation by U.N. peacekeepers calculates that as many as 58,000 women in Monrovia, Liberia, alone engaged in prohibited “transactional” sex with peacekeepers in return for food, clothing, money or other favors—mostly money– over a nine-year period ending in 2012. By contrast, in 2012, the United Nations peacekeeping force in Liberia, or UNMIL, reported just nine substantiated allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse, out of 61 such allegations across all such U.N….

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Liberian Dollar In Free Fall As UN Departs

Liberia’s DOLLAR, Africa’s second-worst performing currency, will weaken a further 7.5 percent by year-end as the WITHDRAWAL of United Nations troops and sliding exports cut inflows, according to Ecobank Transnational Plc. The Liberian dollar fell 13.5 percent this year to TRADE AT 92.50 per U.S. dollar through yesterday inthe capital, Monrovia. That’s the biggest drop among 24 African CURRENCIEStracked by Bloomberg after Ghana’s cedi this year. The dollar may weaken to 100 by year-end, Ecobank, the continent’s most geographically diverse lender, said. “UN missions in Liberia are scaling down their operations and relocating to areas where there are conflicts because…

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BAN KI MOON MAKES BRIEF STOP IN LIBERIA, LAUDS PEACEFUL PROGRESS

  Wednesday, March 5, 2014: The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon Tuesday evening made a brief stop in Liberia en- route to Freetown, Sierra Leone on his way to attend the official closing ceremonies of the UN Peacekeeping Operations (UNAMSIL) in that neighboring country, according to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs press statement. During his one-hour transit at the Roberts International Airport (RIA), the UN Boss was officially welcomed by the Liberian Foreign Minister, Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan, accompanied by outgoing Chief of Protocol Ambassador Elijah Seah and…

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UN Leaving Liberia: What’s Next?

By Michael J.M. Keating The United Nations military mission in Liberia (UNMIL) is no small endeavor. It is one of longest UN missions in sub-Saharan Africa, one of the largest, and one of the most widely supported—with 42 countries contributing military forces and 35 contributing police personnel. After ten years, though, the need for armed troops has decreased, and the number of foreign soldiers has shrunk to around 5,000. By 2015, the end of the current drawdown phase, there will still be about 3,700 military personnel. In contrast, while the…

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