Published on September 19, 2010 by Cocorioko News · No Comments
Today September 19, 2010 is another Day of Honour and Victory for Sierra Leone as the nation collects a distinguished United Nations Millenium Development Goal ( MDG ) Award in recognition of President Ernest Koroma ‘s remarkable leadership commitment and progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Goal Six. The award will be bestowed during a Dinner and Awards Event at the Waldorf Estoria Hotel in New York this evening at 6 : 30 pm , when the UN will honour governments and individuals that have made substantial contributions towards the MDGs.
According to Ms Suzette C. Limchoc, the Programme Assistant of the UN Office for Partnerships of UNAIDS Sierra Leone ,The MDG Awards Committee was particularly impressed by Sierra Leone’s achievements in developing an innovative and comprehensive national strategy.
The Goal Six which is combating HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases have been found out by the world body as successful in Sierra Leone through political will from the Presidency, and collaborative efforts made by the National HIV/ AIDS Secretariat (NAS) in the Office of the President. These achievements have been arrived at by NAS using multi-sectoral approaches to address the epidemic.
The nomination was conducted by a Committee of development professionals within the UN system, with a range of first- hand experiences working towards addressing the MDGs at the ground level. Their efforts are aimed at increasing awareness of the MDGs among the global public and highlighting progress being made by countries towards their achievement, and also showcasing government’s exemplary effort in achieving these Goals by Least Developed Countries (LDC).
The following Heads of State/Governments will attend the dinner :
Confirmed Heads of State
Malawi – H.E. Dr. Bingu Wa Mutharika – President
Saint Lucia – Mr. Stephenson King – Prime Minister
Tajikistan – H.E. Emomali Rahmon – President
Nigeria – H.E. Mr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCON – President
Somalia – H.E. President Sheik Sherif Sheik Ahmed – President
Heads of Government
Montenegro – Mr. Milo Djukanovic: Prime Minister
Mauritania – Mr. M. Moulaye Ould Mohamed Laghdaf – Prime Minister
Bangladesh – H.E. Sheikh Hasina – Prime Minister
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mrs. Zainab Hawa Bangura , who arrived in New York yesterday for the 65th Session of the UN General Assembly , will deputize President Ernest Koroma at the prestigious occasion .
FULL LIST OF SIERRA LEONE’S PARTICIPANTS AT THE OCCASION
H.E. Mrs. Zainab Hawa Bangura