A Liberian Awarded as One of 8 Pacesetters for African Development at the U.N Headquarters


On 25 May 2022, Wantoe was Awarded as a “Young Pacesetter for Africa Development by the AFRICAN RENAISSANCE AND DIASPORA NETWORK during its Africa Day event at the Trusteeship Council Chambers of the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Award highlighted the story and achievements of eight selected Pacesetters identified from numerous nominees of young people from the African continent and diaspora by United Nation affiliated civil society institutions and African oriented institutions and Missions.

The ceremony was organized by the African Renaissance and Diaspora Network (ARDN)  in collaboration with the Permanent Observer Mission of the African Union to the United Nations, the Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the United Nations, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Africa Bureau of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), amongst others.

The event features the Red Card Campaign which seeks to mobilize individuals from all sectors of society to commit to giving a red card to all forms of discrimination and violence against women and girls. “Women and girls as being amongst the most vulnerable and marginalized persons in our countries and communities, and the Red Card Campaign seeks change this by galvanizing our common humanity to uplift and empower them, and to celebrate their promise and potential,” said Dr. Djibril Diallo, President & CEO of ARDN.

Wantoe currently serves as a. steering member to the United Nations Department DGC Civil Society Youth Steering Committee https://www.un.org/en/civil-society/page/civil-society-youth-representatives-steering-committee He is a Youth Representative of the Sisters of Charity Federation. Wantoe highlights his leadership origin as a Liberian passionate about social causes and challenge by grassroots gender inequalities. These issues have fundamentally made him a global shaper, multi award recipients for leadership, community solutions and an alliance with multilateral nonprofit institutions inspiring human centered social changes for over a decade.

You can check the entire ceremony at the United Nations Website Here or through the

UN YouTube.