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UN, GOL Hold Strategic Prioritization Dialogue

-Over Areas Of Support To GOL

By R. Joyclyn Wea

The United Nations (UN) in Liberia has held strategic dialogue with the government of Liberia, development partners, civil society organizations and the private Sector to discuss Government’s Pro-Poor Agenda and how the UN will support said agenda.

The strategic prioritization dialogue is a continuation of the UN process and discussions with stakeholders to ensure that the United Nations framework (UNDAF) is aligned to the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD).

With the recent launch of the PAPD, the UN embarked on developing a new United Nations Development Framework to represent the collective response to the government’s efforts to achieve the PAPD priorities and the sustainable development goals.

The dialogue also provides the opportunity for discussions on the draft UN vision 2030, reflections on UN priority areas of support and UNDAF sensitization.

The objectives of the dialogue are to: discuss and adopt the draft UN vision 2030, discuss and agree on the United Nations strategic priority areas of support to the government of Liberia’s Pro-Poor Agenda; and to further discuss and agree on the next steps in the road map for the UNDAF amongst other things.

Speaking during the dialogue held at Bella Casa in Sinkor, Benedict Kolubah, Assistant Minister for Development Planning at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning stressed the need for a balance on grounds that there is a wide gap between role both the UN and government would play in pillar two of its agenda.

He added that government must name those key priority areas where she wants the UN to intervene saying “you cannot rely on partners.

Also remarking on behalf of MOJ; James David mentioned that the idea is to improve quality of justice across the nation and to do away with the issue of prison over crowdedness.

He emphasized that the ministry is working on decreasing violent tendencies thus targeting or considering “Land Right Act” with this, they hope violence activities would be reduced.

David said they are also improving the Judiciary System by increasing the juror management team; this is to further ensure that cases are not delayed as well as improve human rights safety and protections.

“You cannot have a society where people’s security is being tempered with so UN, CSO should ensure every fund given in these directions is monitored and implemented to the fullest.”

“The value of partnership cannot be over stated because we cannot achieve this goal without a collective effort that is by working together closely,” Nuwoe Howard, MOH.

Meanwhile, the United Nations in Liberia would work and contribute in the areas of: food security, extractive industries targeting low income farmers, agriculture, increasing economic opportunities, infrastructure and disadvantage youth and children. TNR

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