Liberia poised to Chair UN General Assembly

Liberia has received the backing of African Ambassadors to chair the Fourth Committee of the UN General Assembly during its 73rd Session slated for September this year.

Formally referred to as the Special Political and Decolonization Committee of the General Assembly, the Fourth Committee is one of six major committees of the UN General Assembly.

It considers a broad range of issues, including decolonization, review of peacekeeping operations and special political missions, relief for Palestinian refugees, atomic radiation, assistance in mine action, as well as the peaceful uses of outer space.

According to Liberia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Lewis Brown, the chair of African Group of Ambassadors, Anatolio Ndong Mba of Equatorial Guinea has congratulated Liberia for what he termed as an “overwhelming preferment” of the country in the African Group.

“I am hereby very pleased to inform you that consensus has now been reached in the African Group, for Liberia to chair the Fourth Committee beginning September,” Ambassador Ndong Mba said.

Reacting to the note of endorsement, Ambassador Brown thanked the African Group of ambassadors for the confidence reposed in Liberia.

Mr. Brown further noted that, “The endorsement further testifies Liberia’s growing ability to meaningfully contribute to the ongoing search for and maintenance of international peace and security as well as improvements in the lives of all people after years of conflict and instability.”

A dispatch from Liberia’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations quoted Ambassador Brown as describing the endorsement by the full membership of the African Group as a moment of great pride and deep fulfillment, which bears special significance for Liberia, a post-conflict nation that recently underwent a successful historic democratic transfer of political power.

The formal election of Liberia by the entire membership of the UN General is scheduled for June. With the full endorsement of the African Group, Liberia is expected to be elected unopposed.

The last time Liberia chaired the Fourth Committee was at the 1961 Session of the General Assembly, when the Committee was chaired by Ambassador Angie Elisabeth Brooks.

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