Posted by: africanpressorganization | 31 August 2008

UN Volunteers in Liberia Recognised At Excellence Awards Event



UN Volunteers in Liberia Recognised At Excellence Awards Event


MONROVIA, Liberia, August 31, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — UN Envoy Ellen Margrethe Løj has lauded United Nations Volunteers, UNVs, serving with the UN Mission in Liberia, UNMIL, for their “spirit of volunteerism and efforts in bringing sustainable peace to Liberia”. The Special Representative to the Secretary General was speaking at an awards ceremony, held annually to recognise the role played by UNVs in Liberia’s long-term peace and stability.


“You have my admiration and utmost respect for going beyond UNMIL’s mandate and making inspiring and fulfilling contributions,” she said, adding that she was “incredibly moved,” specifically by their efforts to make a positive difference in the lives of children at the Liberia School for the Blind. The UNVs have been regularly supporting the school through financial and material donations. “You do this from your own pockets, no one can accuse you of being here for personal gain”, she said and noted that their contributions will have a lasting impact on the communities they work with.


The SRSG commended all the UNVs for their selfless work and went on to offer special recognition to three volunteers, who have been selected by their peers to be recognised for their exceptional performance. The three are: Dr. Abu Saif Munieb, a medical doctor from Jordan, Ms. Josephine Frusa, a Civil Engineer from the Philippines and Mr. Sulaiman Momodu, a Journalist from Sierra Leone. Citations, read in their honour acknowledged their selfless dedication and specific contributions, not just in Liberia but also in their home countries.


For his part, Olufemi Majekodunmi Olugbemi, UNV Manager proudly described UNVs as the lifeblood of community-based work and a source of great inspiration. “Approximately 226 UNVs are serving with UNMIL. They fill an important gap by complementing other staff, covering a variety of fields, including information technologies, administration, human rights and political affairs.”


SRSG Løj also took the occasion to remind the UNVs that UNMIL’s gradual Drawdown or Adjustment exercise is aimed at having Liberians at the driving seat of their own development and that UNVs should support that process in their day-to-day duties.


SOURCE : Mission of UN in Liberia


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