Liberia's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, His Excellency Ambassador Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr., says predictable funding is crucial for the sustainability of the United Nations Resident Coordinator System; which is at the center of the mandate of the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR).
The Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review is the primary policy instrument used by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to define the way the United Nations Development System operates to support countries in their development efforts.
As part of the United Nations Reform process, the United Nations Secretary-General proposes the repositioning of the United Nations Development System (UNDS) to reinforce national ownership and leadership; underpinned by a new generation of Country Teams; led by competent, empowered and independent Resident Coordinators.
Given the important role Resident Coordinators are expected to play; especially with respect to the Sustainable Development Goals, Ambassador Kemayah noted that a better funded United Nations Development System will ensure a sustainable Resident Coordination System, and increase the United Nation's ability to support its Member States; particularly developing and Least Developed Countries (LDCs); in mobilizing finances for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Ambassador Kemayah also noted the United Nations Secretary-General's Report, which indicates that there are still gaps in ensuring a fully funded Resident Coordinator System by the end of 2019; and cautioned that the lack of predictable financing could potentially derail the progress of the entire reform process of the United Nations.
The Liberian Envoy then expressed Liberia's gratitude for the concrete support that the country is receiving from the United Nations Country Team (UNCT); in particular, its support for the realization of the goals of Liberia's National Development Framework-The Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD).
Ambassador Kemayah explained that the Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development among others, "seeks to accelerate inclusive and sustainable development for shared prosperity and asserted that the United Nations Country Team continues to work with national institutions and local communities; as the Government of Liberia, under the exemplary Leadership of His Excellency President George Manneh Weah, pursues the overarching goals of our Pro-Poor Agenda."
The Liberian Ambassador to the United Nations then reaffirmed the support and commitment of Dr. George Manneh Weah, President of The Republic of Liberia, the Government and People of Liberia; to the United Nations Secretary-General’s vision on the repositioning of the United Nations Development System (UNDS).
Ambassador Kemayah spoke recently at the Operational Activities for Development Segment organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) with the aim to ensure a United Nations Development System that is more strategic, accountable, transparent, and results oriented.