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NCEEGS 2017 Report

The 1st National Conference on Environmental Education, Governance and Sustainability (NCEEGS 2017) was organized by the United Nations Environmental Youth Action Initiative (UNEYAI Liberia), held on the 17th of November 2017, at the Monrovia Christian Fellowship Hall, 9th Street, Sinkor, Monrovia, Liberia. UNEYAI Liberia is a non for profit environmental organization with no affiliation with the UN global body and seeks to locally and nationally develop environmental programs, policies and devise national remedies that would mitigate the threats and hazard posed to the survival of our environment.

As part of UNEYAI Liberia programs on environmental issues, we successfully organized a one day national environmental conference entitled the ‘’1st National Conference on Environmental Education, Governance and Sustainability (NCEEGS)’’. The objectives of this conference were (1) To build a network for environmental management through public and private collaborations, and (2) To strengthen and promote the 2030 Global Development Agenda (UN SDGs) through youth participation.

The NCEEGS 2017 themes were:
Conference Main Theme:
Calling for a National Response for Environmental Sustainability and Promoting the UN SDGs.

Conference Sub Theme:
Building Network for Environmental Management.

The conference brought together participants from Civil Society Organizations, students, speakers and moderators from diverse professions and backgrounds. Out of the three Panel Sessions, two were successfully held and participants expressed lessons learned and commitments to continue to uphold the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The two topics discussed were (1) Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals: What are their Roles and Responsibilities? The UN, The Liberian Government and The Civil Society and (2) Sustainable Conservation and Agriculture in Liberia: Understanding Non-State Actors Roles, Achievements, Challenges and Future Plans.

Speakers and Panel Speakers:
Sangaye Kweegbo – Gave the welcome and introductory remarks at the NCEEGS 2017 event. Ms. Kweegbo is the Country Director of the United Nations Environmental Youth Action Initiative (UNEYAI Liberia). A local environmental organization founded in Liberia 2014 and officially launched on February 12, 2016.

Colette Clark – Colette gave the Opening and Closing Speech at the NCEEGS 2017 conference. She is the Economic Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia. Her position also encompasses her Environmental responsibility.

Mr. Jerry Garteh – Jerry was one of the panel speakers on the topic ‘’Sustainable Conservation and Agriculture in Liberia: Understanding Non-State Actors Roles, Achievements, Challenges and Future Plans’’. Mr. Garteh is the Science and Conservation Coordinator of SCNL (Society for the Conservation of Nature in Liberia).

Mr. Sekou M. Sannoe – Sekou was a panel speaker under the topic ‘’Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals: What are their Roles and Responsibilities? The UN, The Liberian Government and The Civil Society’’. He is the Vice President at GATE Liberia, a local non-profit NGO.

Mr. Moses T. Quenneh – Moses was a panel speaker under the topic ‘’Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals: What are their Roles and Responsibilities? The UN, The Liberian Government and The Civil Society’’. Moses is the Public Relation Officer at AAEI Liberia, a local non-profit NGO.

Mr. Mohammed Keita– Mohammed was a panel speaker under the topic ‘’Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals: What are their Roles and Responsibilities? The UN, The Liberian Government and The Civil Society’’. Mohammed is the Executive Director at Global Empowerment for Education Initiative (GEEI Liberia), a local non-profit NGO.

The NCEEGS 2017 Two Panel Moderators were:
Mrs. Evelyn K.Seagbeh – Evelyn moderated the Panel Session ‘’Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals: What are their Roles and Responsibilities? The UN, The Liberian Government and The Civil Society’’ for 45 minutes, which included interactive discussion between participants and speakers. Evelyn is the Executive Director of Just a Girl Initiatives.

Mr. Alfred D. Rogers – Alfred moderated the Panel Session ‘‘Sustainable Conservation and Agriculture in Liberia: Understanding Non-State Actors Roles, Achievements, Challenges and Future Plans’’ for 45 minutes, which included interactive discussion between participants and speakers. Alfred is a Senior Newscaster and Presenter at the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS).

We take this time to appreciate the contributions from our volunteer staffs in Liberia and Mr. Adolphus Gaymoore from the United States. To all those who participated in the NCEEGS 2017, UNEYAI Liberia say thank you for participating and we are looking forward to networking in areas of environmental education, governance and sustainability. We hope that the 2018 conference will be a more unique one and all of your supports are needed to make it happen.

Thomas P. Mitchell
Program Director
UNEYAI Liberia

Conference Coordinator
NCEEGS 2017
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