5 February 2013

Liberia: Resources Management Will Ensure Benefit for Citizens

Liberian youth have told the 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 would ensure a just benefit for citizens.

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

Ms. Fofana further 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 national content.

Madam Fofana said gone are 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 that the people justly benefit from their resources.

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

The Liberian leader said it is paramount for poor or developing countries to manage their resources to 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 identified transparency and accountability as critical for the success of any development agenda and have made a call to the 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.

At the youth session of the HLP meeting, transparency and accountability were the side event including exhibition and panel discussion.

HLP members who attended the session included Betty Maina of Kenya, Dr. Ngozi, Nigeria's Minister of Finance; Gunella Carlson of Sweden and John Podesta of the United States of America.

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