- 25 Mar
UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES: the success of theLiberian peace process and the resilience of the Liberian people against Ebola is a success story that must be told and emulated
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Geneva, Switzerland, March 25, 2017
Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has been meeting with several heads of the United Nations Agencies in Geneva including the Director General of the UN Headquarters in Europe, the World Health Organization, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees as well as the African Union and African Diplomats representing their nations at the UN headquarters in Europe.
In a meeting with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Thursday, Filippo Grandi, the head of the UNHCR said they were impressed with the level of respond accorded the Gambian crisis with the intervention of the ECOWAS headed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. He said the approach was an African initiative and was home grown and original. The UNHCR said Liberia was a trustworthy partner, a country that hosted other refugees regardless of its own challenges at home.
Filippo said the Liberian peace process was a success story in Africa and the rest of the world and that from time to time they will use the Liberian experience to resolve problems on the continent according to a dispatch from Geneva. He praised the Government and people of Liberia for putting up a fight against Ebola.
The Vice President and the High Commissioner for Refugees discussed the Kampala Convention. The Kampala Convention (formally, the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa) is a treaty of the African Union that addresses internal displacement caused by armed conflict, natural disasters and large-scale development projects in Africa.
The Convention was adopted in October 2009. As of 2016 it has been signed by 40 and ratified by 25 of the 54 member states of the African Union. The Convention entered into force on 6 December 2012, 30 days after its ratification by the 15th state and was glad to note that Liberia has taken steps to domesticate that instrument.
Article 5(4) specifically establishes state responsibilities for the protection and assistance of internally displaced persons, whose displacement is the result of “natural or human made disasters, including climate change”, a dispatch from Geneva said.
In a related development, Vice President Boakai met with the Director-General of the United Nations Headquarters in Europe, Mr. Moeller and later met also with the Swiss Minister of Defense and Sports. Details of the two meetings were not immediately released.