The Liberia Chapter of the Global Youth Anti-Corruption Network (GYAC-Liberia) an international anti-Corruption and integrity institution in partnership with the Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (LEITI) with support from GIZ will observer this year International Anti-Corruption Day by organizing the Liberia Youth Natural Resource Governance Forum.
By resolution 58/4 of October 31, 2003, the UN General Assembly designated December 9 as International Anti-Corruption Day. This decision aimed to raise people’s awareness of corruption and of the role of the United Nations Convention against Corruption in combating and preventing it.
The assembly urged all states and competent regional economic integration organizations to sign and ratify the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) to ensure its rapid entry into force.
According to GYAC-Liberia National Coordinator, James Koryor the event is intended to equip, engage and educate youths on natural resource governance issues. The event will also create a platform where youths and students can engage with stakeholders to better understand the management of Liberia Extractive Industries, revenue flows, environmental impact as well as current laws and policies governing the sector with a focus on transparency in Natural Resource Governance.
The event will also focus on LEITI 5th Report launched recently and is expected to bring together one hundred participants from various sector of the society including officials of Government, CSOs, youths and students and partner organizations.
The GYAC-Liberia executive further stressed that since the end of its civil wars, Liberia has made considerable governance gains in the natural resources sector. In 2009, the government passed the landmark Liberian Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (LEITI) Law, requiring natural resource revenue and contract transparency. Despite some improvements in natural resource governance in Liberia, not much has been done in getting more young people involve in understanding and participating in resource governance issue in the country.
The event will be held at the YMCA Conference Hall on Broad Street in Monrovia on December 9, 2014 under the Theme “ Enhancing Youth Participation in Natural Resource Governance in Liberia”