The Government of Liberia joined the United Nations family last Friday to commemorate the 65th Anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Charter.
In Monrovia, the program for the day brought together students from around the city and its suburbs to interact with members of the Government of Liberia, the Liberia United Nations Association, the UN Funds and Programs as well as the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).
The day's activities included outreach program to ten schools, where representatives of UNMIL Military, Police and Civilian staff of the Mission and UN Agencies Funds Programs interacted and talked with the students about the UN and their work in Liberia.
Simultaneously, on the grounds of the Mission Headquarters approximately 300 students were invited to witness colorful static exhibitions, displays and demonstrations highlighting the work of UNMIL and the UN Agencies. In Liberia, this year's theme for the event, "United Nations for You" (UN4U), was applied to demonstrate how the work of each UN family component contributes to sustain and advance the country's peace and recovery process thus impacting the people of Liberia as whole.
During the final event of the day, following a performance by UNMIL cultural group, the latest musical CD of the UNMIL Band was jointly launched by the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Recovery and Governance, Mr. Moustapha Soumare and the Assistant Minister for Culture, Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Ms. Jacqueline Capehart.
Prior to the launch, DSRSG Moustapha Soumare noted the critical role the UNMIL Band plays in passing
important messages to the public at large on social issues such as HIV/AIDS, sexual exploitation and abuse, gender-based violence. Meanwhile, Ms. Jacqueline Capehart acknowledged the contribution of the UN family to Liberia and emphasized the true partnership which exists between the two entities. Noting that music and culture may at times promote information faster than other means, Ms. Capehart pledged her Ministry's support to the band as they travel across Liberia transmitting these crucial messages.