The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Liberia to the United Nations represents the Country at the United Nations and has accreditation to Cuba and Brazil.
It is responsible for ensuring Liberia's participation in the United Nations at all levels. The Mission is currently headed by Mrs. Maggie Gibson Glay, Minister Counselor/Head of Chancery and Chargé d'affaires a.i. She's assisted by a team of Diplomatic staff who represents Liberia's political, economic, social, legal, and military interests at the United Nations. Their representation encompasses the promotion of Liberia's policies on regional and global issues, as well as collaboration with other UN member states to achieve common objectives.
Liberia, a West African Country that covers a land area of 111,369 square kilometers (43,000 sq mi) is a founding member of the United Nations. It was among fifty (50) Countries that signed the Charter on June 26, 1945, creating the global body. Clarence L. Simpson, Vice-President of Liberia signed on behalf of the country during a ceremony held at the Veterans' War Memorial Building.
Later on November 2, 1945, Liberia through its Legislature ratified the UN Charter; acceding to all of its provisions. Since that time, Liberia has been fully active at the United Nations even during the years of carnage; partaking and making meaningful contributions and impacts at all Committee levels and the General Assembly. Liberian Presidents, Foreign Ministers, and other senior government officials have attended GA meetings and presented statements on behalf of the country.
In 1958, Liberian Diplomat Angie Elisabeth Brooks became the first African woman to be elected as President of the UN General Assembly. She presided over the twenty-fourth session of the General Assembly. Decades later, Liberia and Africa's first elected female President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was named as one of three co-chairs of the High-level Panel set up by former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to advise on the global development agenda beyond 2015, the target date for achieving the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The work of the panel translated into the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the new global development agenda following what President Sirleaf described as 'the most consultative process in history'.
In accordance with one of the key provisions of the UN Charter--to maintain international peace and security, Liberia is a peacekeeping contributor. The Country is currently contributing a contingent of peacekeepers to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). This is Liberia's first post-war peacekeeping efforts and an act of reciprocity, having been a beneficiary of UN Peacekeeping efforts.
The Republic of Liberia's Permanent Mission to the United Nations is located at 228 E, 45th Street, 6th Floor, Suite 600 A.