30 January 2013

Liberia: CSO Visions On MDGs Ensured

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as promised to reinforce visions expressed by the global civil society organizations at the UN High-Level Panel meeting scheduled that opens here today.

President Sirleaf, who is one of three co-chairs of the UN High-Level Panel, Tuesday assured Liberian CSOs that she would reinforce their views at their panel meeting.

"I want to thank all of you for participation in this discussion. I am particularly impressed with the in which many of you have actively discuss issues that the High Panel want to hear," President Sirleaf told delegates at the conference.

She added: "My attention has been drawn to the key issues you raised about participation and matters that have to do with expressing your voices. I am going to reinforce this at the High Panel meeting. For me, the vision you have pressed is only reinforcement and reiteration of what the High Panel would hopefully be discussing."

Tuesday's meeting which discussed issues of economic transformation, and women and youth empowerment, including violence against women and children, access to quality education, equal participation in governance, clean water, health care delivery, women and child protection, violence against women, amongst others, was attended several global civil society actors, including physically challenge groups, disadvantaged youth, the poor and vulnerable.

People from the informal sector including traders, farmers, trade union organizations, women, and children also attended the meeting.

In order to ensure global economic transformation for children, and, also, in order for the MDG to meet its 2015 development agenda, Samuel Dean, a representative of children at conference, presented his colleagues vision, suggesting budgetary allocations for children worldwide, quality health care delivery systems, quality education, protection for children, especially women and girls, most of whom, he said, have been stigmatized as a result of sexual and gender based violence.

The children's vision was also accompanied by the visions of the women, youth, the informer sector, which included trade union organizations, farmers, traders, and, the disabled community.

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