World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Security Cl personnel and funds needed for Liberia

Top UN envoy calls for sufficient personnel and funds needed to resurrect Liberia

  • Click here to view video of this UN Security Council report
  • Seeking 15,000 United Nations peacekeepers and 900 police to bring war-shattered Liberia back from “hellish limbo,” the top UN envoy for the West African country appealed to the international committee today to commit the resources and personnel needed to end the “cycle of brutality, violence, corruption and instability.”

    “Give us the mandate and the tools and I assure you we will do what is just and what is right,” Jacques Paul Klein, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative, told the Security Council in an open briefing, presenting Mr. Annan’s first report since the 15-member body last month authorized a multinational force for Liberia and declared its readiness to set up a follow-on UN stabilization force.

    “This effort will require dramatic, engaged and bold solutions,” Mr. Klein said, stressing that the force must be credible, well-trained and fully equipped and that adequate and secure financing was critical to resurrect a country “held hostage by armed drugged thugs” who destroyed the state and engulfed the region in chaos.

    “These efforts, if successful, will transform Liberia from a failed state of war with itself to a nation at peace,” he added, recalling the country’s last 12 years of living at the “whim of warlords, exploited by a criminal kleptocracy,” suffering “fearful economic waste” and the “untimely death of no small part of the population.”

    “Despite the multitude of challenges facing us, there is room for hope,” Mr. Klein declared. “Progress can be made but it will be expensive, arduous and at times frustrating.”

    Outlining the tasks ahead, Mr. Klein listed disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of all ex-combatants, 79 per cent of whom are child soldiers “coerced [and] psychologically traumatized,” reform of the police, justice and prison system to instil confidence in the population, and humanitarian assistance.

    He said he planned to call an international donors conference, if the Council approves the mandate, to help a country where three-quarters of the population lives below the poverty line, 85 per cent are unemployed and many thousands do not have access to life’s basic necessities of shelter, water, food or even rudimentary medical care.

    In his report, Mr. Annan asked the Council to authorize the deployment of a multidimensional peacekeeping operation, to be called the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), with a mandate to support the transitional government set up under a recent peace agreement between the factions, provide security, assist the return of refugees and help in demobilization and civil reform, among other things, leading to free and fair elections by October 2005.

    © Scoop Media

    World Headlines


    UN: Decades Of Health Gains At Risk In Brazil Due To COVID-19

    Although COVID-19 cases are declining in Brazil, the pandemic is putting decades of public health gains there at risk, the head of the World Health Organization ( WHO ) said on Friday. With global attention and support focused this week ... More>>

    UN Report: Myanmar Approaching Point Of Economic Collapse

    The turmoil following the military coup in Myanmar, coupled with the impact of COVID-19 could result in up to 25 million people – nearly half of the country’s population, living in poverty by early next year, a United Nations report said on Friday. That ... More>>

    World Vision: India’s Second Wave Shows The Global Fight Against COVID-19 Is Far From Won

    As India’s COVID-19 daily infection rates reach devastating levels, international aid agency World Vision has warned that the world is nowhere near defeating this virus and some nations are yet to face their worst days. Andrew Morley, World Vision ... More>>

    Focus On: UN SDGs

    Study: Cut Methane Emissions To Avert Global Temperature Rise

    6 May 2021 Methane emissions caused by human activity can be reduced by up to 45 per cent this decade, thus helping to keep global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change, according to a UN-backed ... More>>

    UN: Learning From COVID-19, Forum To Highlight Critical Role Of Science, Technology And Innovation In Global Challenges

    New York, 4 May —To build on the bold innovations in science, technology and innovations that produced life-saving solutions during the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN will bring together experts to highlight measures that can broaden the development and deployment ... More>>

    What COVID-19 Has Taught Us: “Healthcare Can No Longer Exist Without Technology”

    A grandmother in a village in the Gambia should have the same quality of life and access to healthcare they deserve as in New York or London. Photo: InnovaRx Global Health Start-up Works To Bridge Healthcare Gap In The Gambia By: Pavithra Rao As ... More>>