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-In Last Speech to World Leaders At the 72nd of the General Assembly
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has delivered her last speech at the General Assembly of the United Nations in style, urging the world body to steadfastly remain committed to ideals and principles upon which the UN was established, while also reflecting on the positive gains Liberia has made in her democratic sojourn.

Related image“Mr. President, As I bid farewell to you today, and to my fellow Heads of State, I have a few parting thoughts. First, remember Liberia which is making valiant effort to apply the tenets of democracy. Consider the lives saved, the wealth created, the stability assured, because this global body convened and led at a time of great uncertainty in our sub-region and around the world,” Pres. Sirleaf said.

“I ask you and the member states to continue to lead, to spread the values of democracy, human rights, and good governance while strengthening solidarity for economic transformation and social resilience.”

“she applaud the world body for the sacrifice it is making to see the very first generation of school-aged children growing up in an environment of peace, free of the violence of civil conflict.

In consideration of gains made under her leadership, Pres. Sirleaf told the UNGA that the people of Liberia are establishing trans-border development corridors to enhance regional trade and strengthening the rule of law to tackle systematic corruption. 

She said, “Liberia is experiencing the birth of a post conflict artistic community, in song, hip-hop, painting, poetry, storytelling and fashion.”

“Liberia has come a long way. We could not have accomplished all of this without the world body, its political leadership, the generosity of its economic development support, humanitarian contributions, and, most importantly, the stabilization and security provided to our country through the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).”

She said Liberia's transformation was powered by a world community that made a shared commitment to deliver peace to a country, and a sub region, beset by civil conflict and cross border destabilization.

“The UN and its partner nations were of one mind, and from that global unity, a new Liberian democratic state was born. Liberia is a post conflict success story. It is your post conflict success story,” Pres. noted in her last speech delivered Tuesday at the UN in New York. The Liberian leader told the UN it is often in times of transition that great leaders emerge and institutions are strengthened.

“Secondly, I remind you that two years ago, the 70th Assembly adopted the Sustainable Development Agenda containing 17 goals, which encapsulate the aspirations of member states to eradicate poverty and reduce, if not eliminate, inequalities within and between countries,” she noted.

“Our commitment to achieving these goals must be unwavering because progress here is inextricably linked to ending conflict and sustaining peace.”

“Thirdly, real progress remains elusive in the lingering effort to reform the Security Council and make it more responsive to current global realities. The call for this reform must be pursued more robustly towards early conclusion. Africa's views are well articulated in the Ezulwini Consensus.”

“Today, African nations are participating in strong sub-regional and regional bodies, which are evolving - adopting measures to secure and preserve peace and security, while strengthening economic integration.”

The Liberian leader called on the UN to also continue to evolve, to more effectively serve the common interest of all Member States.  She said, “You must continue to chart the way forward. In your capable hands rest the hope and aspirations for a more just, peaceful and humane world, for the sake of our people and our planet.” 

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