Africa's first democratically elected female head of state visits the United Nations complex in Nairobi

Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Nairobi, Kenya: H.E. Ms. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia, visited the United Nations Office in Nairobi (UNON) today, Tuesday 15th December 2015. During her time in the UN Complex, she addressed UN staff members and planted a tree as well as toured part of the compound.

H.E. Ms. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia signing the visitors book at the UN complex in Nairobi Photo credit: UN Women/ Martha Wanjala
H.E. Ms. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia signing the visitors book at the UN complex in Nairobi Photo credit: UN Women/ Martha Wanjala

President Johnson-Sirleaf is Africa's first democratically elected female Head of State. She was first elected in 2005 and is currently serving her second term as President. She previously worked for the United Nations, serving as As-sistant Administrator of UNDP and Director of its Regional Bureau for Africa, with the rank of Assistant Secretary-General. President Johnson-Sirleaf also co-authored the first Progress of the World’s Women Report.
While addressing UN staff members, President Johnson-Sirleaf pointed out that 2015 was a defining year for UN and the global community—end of the MDGs and beginning of the SDGs. She also commended the work done by UN agencies globally and encouraged staff members to “Go out as agents of change and help us make the world a better place.”

H.E. Ms. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia addressing UN staff members. Photo credit: UN Women/ Martha Wanjala
H.E. Ms. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia addressing UN staff members. Photo credit: UN Women/ Martha Wanjala

President Johnson-Sirleaf is in Kenya for the 10th World Trade Organization (WTO) conference, which is being held for the first time in Africa. She noted that Liberia is being admitted as a member state of the WTO.

Ms. Josephine Odera, UN Women’s Advisor on Leadership and Governance-Eastern and Southern Africa Region presented a gift to President Johnson-Sirleaf on behalf of the UN fraternity in recognition of her contribution to Gender Equality and Women Empowerment throughout her career.

Ms. Josephine Odera, UN Women’s Advisor on Leadership and Governance-Eastern and Southern Africa Region presents a gift to President Johnson-Sirleaf . Photo credit: UN Women/ Martha Wanjala
Ms. Josephine Odera, UN Women’s Advisor on Leadership and Governance-Eastern and Southern Africa Region presents a gift to President Johnson-Sirleaf . Photo credit: UN Women/ Martha Wanjala