UN Stands by The Gambia to Sustain Democracy through Peace Building
In a separate engagement, President Barrow received a high powered delegation from the United Nations, comprising of the Assistant Secretary General for Peace Building Support, Oscar Fernanadez- Taranco and the Permanent Representative of South Korea to the United Nations, His Excellency Mr. Taie-yul Cho, UNDP Resident representative in the Gambia, Madam Ade Mamonyane Lekeotje and other senior officials. They were accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad, Honourable Ousainou Darbo, and The Gambia’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN, Mr. Momodou Tangara. The purpose of their visit was to demonstrate solidarity with the Gambia’s achievement of a peaceful transition to democracy. The discussions centered on the major peace building challenges facing The Gambia, including macroeconomic stability, dealing with past human rights violations through transitional justice, restoring confidence in the judiciary, reforming the security sector, improving access to basic services, reducing poverty and promoting sustainable development. Other issues discussed included the upcoming National Assembly elections scheduled for 6th April 2017, security and the role of ECOMIG, a national development plan, a donor roundtable and how to sustain international support for the country.
It could be recalled that the UN had initially committed US$3million from the Peacebuilding Fund to address urgent peace building priorities and the related challenges.