The Government of Liberia (GOL) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) last Friday signed a new programming cycle which would last from 2013-2017.
Speaking at the signing ceremony held in the conference room of the National Elections Commission (NEC) Acting Planning and Economic Affairs Minister, Amara Konneh, said, “Today, we have signed the joint Government of Liberia/UNDP 2013-2017 Country Program Document and the Government of Liberia is pleased that each of the 10 programs were crafted to incorporate the ADR recommendations; and that each program underwent rigorous and extensive consultations in its formulation process.”
Mr. Konneh who is also Minister of Finance added, “Most importantly, the Agenda for Transformation serves as the critical backbone that anchors the new joint Government of Liberia/ UNDP Country Programs. As a result, we are pleased to note that the 10 programs are rooted in three of the five AfT pillars: Justice Peace Security and Rule of Law; Economic Transformation; and Governance and Public Institutions. The programs also incorporate our results based approach to AfT implementation”, Minister Konneh said.
He further said the implementation of the three programs—the Justice and Security; Support to Elections; and Energy and Environment actually began in UNDP’s previous programming cycle, which ended in 2012; and will continue in this new 2013-2017 cycle. Minister Konneh said, “The Government of Liberia is especially pleased with the UNDP’s adherence to the UN General Assembly Resolution A/RES/56/201 of 2001, which calls for national ownership and the use of national systems in implementing United Nations development assistance.”
The United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative to Liberia Mr. Aeneas Chuma in remark underlined the long and enduring partnership between UNDP and the Government of Liberia and expressed appreciation for the privileged relationship that UNDP has enjoyed over the years through which some tangible results have been achieved in many areas.
Mr. Aeneas named some of these areas as the creation of opportunities for improved livelihoods, enhancing peace and reconciliation, establishing justice systems and promoting the rule of law, and for building community security and social cohesion.
He acknowledged the unique partnership that has resulted in the formulation of the new country’s programs, ushering in a new program cycle (2013-2017) and programs that are underpinned by a new set of principles.