The NEWS (Monrovia)

4 February 2013

Liberia: Youth Want Openness in Resources Management

Liberian youth have told the UN High Level Panel (HLP) to ensure that various governments manage their countries' resources with openness.

Speaking on behalf of one of the youth groups, Ms. Kula Fofana, said the management of the countries' resources in a transparent manner is a matter of concern that ensures the Liberian people benefit.

She said it is important for the post Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to make it banding on governments to ensure accountability in the management of their countries' resources.

Ms. Fofana called for the inclusion of communities, especially women in the operations and management of resources.

She also stressed the need to build human resource capacity and technology for the purpose of ensuring that national content becomes a reality and not mere rhetoric.

Madam Fofana said gone at the days when governments managed the people's resources in secrecy thereby denying the young people and other citizens their just benefits.

Earlier, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who attended the forum, said the post MDGs would seek to ensure that the people of Liberia justly benefit from their resources.

She said the post MDG must address health care, education, climate change, unemployment and poverty reduction among the people of the world.

The Liberian leader asserted that it is paramount for poor or developing countries manage their own resources and avoid dependency.

She assured the youth that their views would be documented and sent to the United Nations for action.

The program, organized by ONE and Save the Children, brought together over 100 youth.

ONE and Save the Children have both identified transparency and accountability as critical for the success of any development agenda and have made a call to the UN HLP to ensure this is included in their recommendations to the United Nations Secretary General.

Recently, Save the Children released a report on "Ending Poverty in Our Generation" and proposed 10 development goals to be achieved by 2030 and underscored the importance of tackling inequalities and improving transparency and accountability if the goals must be effective.

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