Secretary Kerry meets with Chief Justices from Nigeria, Liberia, and Supreme Court Officials from Nigeria, Liberia, and Botswana at the Department of State.

Secretary Kerry meets with Chief Justices from Nigeria, Liberia, and Supreme Court Officials from Nigeria, Liberia, and Botswana at the Department of State.

united-nations:

Join us in congratulating Liberia as it celebrated 10 years of peace this week!
“Guns in the hands of young people have been replaced by pens and school books. Refugees have returned home with hope for the future, and schools are opening their doors across the nation, to educate future generations of leaders.”
Find out more: http://bit.ly/14Dh0fo
Image credit: United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL)

united-nations:

Join us in congratulating Liberia as it celebrated 10 years of peace this week!

“Guns in the hands of young people have been replaced by pens and school books. Refugees have returned home with hope for the future, and schools are opening their doors across the nation, to educate future generations of leaders.”

Find out more: http://bit.ly/14Dh0fo

Image credit: United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL)

On the Occasion of the Republic of Liberia’s National Day
Secretary Kerry: On behalf of President Obama and all Americans, I congratulate the people of Liberia as they celebrate 166 years of independence on July 26.
I extend warm wishes to the people of Liberia as you gather with family and friends on your national day. Read More
peacecorps:

Bonding with a little local in Liberia

On the Occasion of the Republic of Liberia’s National Day

Secretary Kerry: On behalf of President Obama and all Americans, I congratulate the people of Liberia as they celebrate 166 years of independence on July 26.

I extend warm wishes to the people of Liberia as you gather with family and friends on your national day. Read More

peacecorps:

Bonding with a little local in Liberia

Two Women, Two Countries, Two People: A Growing Partnership

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton shakes hands with Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia, at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., January 15, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Tara Sonenshine serves as Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.

There is no more effective form of engagement than face-to-face communication. That’s a fundamental principle of our public diplomacy. And thanks to a strong friendship and understanding between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf , we have just signed an important agreement between the United States and Liberia.

One year ago, this month, Secretary Clinton traveled to Monrovia to attend the inauguration of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf . At the time she said, “Democracy hasn’t just sprouted in Liberia, it has taken root.”

The relationship struck between Secretary Clinton and President Sirleaf — strengthened by their own personal narratives of empowerment and their mutual commitment to changing the lives of women and girls, peace-building,… more »

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to hold a U.S.-Liberia Partnership Dialogue signing ceremony at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on January 15, 2012. A text transcript can be found at http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2013/01/202201.htm

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. on June 8, 2012. A text transcript can be found at http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2012/06/192021.htm.

Supporting Justice and the Rule of Law in Liberia

United Nation's peacekeeping policewomen, from India, arrive at the airport in Monrovia, Liberia, Jan. 30, 2007. [AP File Photo]

About the Authors: Victoria Holt serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, and Annie Pforzheimer serves as Director for UN Peacekeeping in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs.

In countries recovering from war, it is normal to see UN blue helmeted military units — they’re big, obvious, and a reassuring presence.

But in Liberia, where President Johnson-Sirleaf was re-elected to a second term, that reassuring presence should be the uniform of a Liberian police officer — with a blue helmet backing them up.

A long-term peace, I was reminded during my visit to Liberia in mid-March, doesn’t come from soldiers, but… more »

Liberian Women Lead a Revolution in Agriculture
Ambassador Ertharin Cousin, U.S. Representative to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome, meets with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in Liberia in August 2011. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Ambassador Ertharin Cousin serves as U.S. Representative to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome.

As we continue to respond to the heartbreaking crisis in the Horn of Africa, it’s important to keep in mind that we are able to apply some lessons learned from our long term commitment to relief and development work elsewhere in Africa. The key, it seems to me, is to respond to the disaster while also building long term solutions to broader issues. Just before I visited refugee camps along the Somalia border last week, I traveled to Liberia to look into some of our longer term programs there. It was quite an amazing visit.

I was able to view firsthand the synergies between World Food Programmore »

U.S. To Contribute an Additional $7.5 Million for Humanitarian Response to the Crisis in Côte d’Ivoire/Liberia

The United States is announcing an additional pledge of $7.5 million in humanitarian assistance for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia. With this latest funding, the U.S. is providing over $51 million in humanitarian assistance to refugees, IDPs, and other conflict-affected populations in the region. The Côte d’Ivoire political crisis turned violent after the run-off presidential election between victor Ouattara and incumbent Gbagbo in late November 2010 and uprooted hundreds of thousands of Ivoirians. More than 210,000 refugees fled from Côte d’Ivoire – most to Liberia; up to a million were displaced inside Côte d’Ivoire; and thousands of nationals of neighboring countries fled as well. The situation in Côte d’Ivoire is improving; but some continuing unrest is still generating new refugees, and fear among those who fled keeps a majority of refugees from returning home at present. Up to an estimated 500,000 remain internally displaced.

This latest U.S. contribution includes $6.5 million in support for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and $1 million for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). This assistance will help provide basic life support such as food, health care, and essential household items; the construction and maintenance of camps where needed; increasing access to clean water; and will support efforts to restore family links severed as a result of displacement.

The United States, through the Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, has provided more than $28 million for humanitarian response in Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, and other neighboring countries since March 2011. The U.S. Agency for International Development has also provided almost $23 million in funding and food aid to non-governmental organizations and UN agencies in Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia.