Three Liberian Lawmakers to Attend UN General Assembly


MONROVIA – Three Liberian Lawmakers would be attending the United Nations General Assembly where they would be making Liberia’s case on women empowerment, rule of law and hold discussions surrounding the establishment of war crimes court in Liberia.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Cllr. J. Fonati Koffa, who is also the proponent of the amendment clauses in the 1986 Constitution of Liberia, Foreign Affairs Chairman Edwin M. Snowe and the Acting Chairperson of Investment and Concession Ellen Attoh-Wreh are expected to participate in UNGA, which began September 17.

This year’s assembly formally started on September 17, with climate change, universal health coverage and the politics of sustainable development, on the agenda, but the main talks will take place between September 24 to 30, 2019.

There will also be meetings on financing for development, elimination of nuclear weapons and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

According to itinerary in the possession of this newspaper, Cllr. Koffa and Rep. Snowe will attend forums under the discussion confronting Hate & Protecting Rights — UN Initiatives to Promote Inclusion and Ensure Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Religion or Belief; Tax Inspectors Without Borders: Panel Discussion: “Four Years & Half a Billion Dollars Later…”; High Level Meeting on Mali and the Sahel and attend the Opening/General Debate of the Seventy-fourth Session of the UNGA.

Rep. Wreh is expected to participate in the Plenary Session of Concordia Annual Summit, which is aimed to ensure that the global network of women politicians is empowered.

Yesterday, the President, Dr. George Manneh Weah departed the country to participate in the main and marginal activities relating to the 74th Session of the UNGA to join others Liberian delegation have already in New York, USA.

While away, the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs and Chief of Staff to the President, Hon. Nathaniel Farlo McGill will chair the affairs of the Cabinet in close consultation with the Vice President, Madam Jewel Howard Taylor and via telephone conversation with the President.

Every year in September, all 193 members of the United Nations meet at the General Assembly at the organization’s headquarters in New York.

The General Assembly is one of the six main organs of the UN, where several international issues covered by the Charter of the United Nations, such as development, peace and security, international law are discussed.

Ghana will occupy the first seat in the Hall for this year’s session, including in the main committees, followed by all the other countries, in English alphabetical order, and many Liberians is hoping again that President Weah will be the 14th  speaker as compared during the 73rd UNGA session.

The new President of the 74th session of the General Assembly is Amb. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande a former Nigeria Un Representative. He replaced Maddam María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés of Ecuador during which President Weah made his maiden address last year September.