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Ambassador Lans Gberie Presents Credentials To The UN

Ambassador Lans Gberie Presents Credentials To The UN

Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Dr. Lansana Gberie, has presented his credentials as the country’s Permanent Representative to the UN Director General, Mr. Michael Moller. The ceremony, which is a protocol requirement, was held on Friday, 12th October, 2018, at the Palais Des Nations, UN Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. During his presentation, Dr. Gberie briefed the UN on his government’s main priorities including the Free Quality Education, the fight against corruption and the financial disciplinary measures put in place in order to recover the country from the economic mess the past regime left it amongst others.  (Photo: l-r Dr. Lansana Gberie, has presented his credentials as the country’s Permanent Representative to the UN Director General, Mr. Michael Moller)

Dr. Lansana Gberie, popularly known as Lans Gberie, is a Sierra Leonean academic and journalist who has been a Senior Research Fellow at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre in Accra, Ghana. He has written extensively on conflict and conflict management in Africa, including most recently, A Dirty War in West Africa: The RUF and the Destruction of Sierra Leone (Hurts/University of Indian Press, 2005). His scholarly articles have appeared African Affairs (Oxford University Press), Africa Development (CODESRIA) and many other scholarly works.

He has over 20 years of experience as an international relations specialist, including six years as a United Nations official. After a stint at the Security Council Report in New York, Dr. Gberie was appointed Finance Expert and Coordinator of the UN Panel of Experts on Liberia in January 2013 by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.

The Fourah Bay College history graduate is a respected academic and journalist around the world, and has authored several books and penned scores of articles and book chapters on Africa history and politics.

He most recently worked with the United Nations Mission in Liberia, and holds a PhD in African history.

Observers believe that his appointment is not a mistake as he has the gravitas and ability to serve as the country’s top envoy in Geneva, which also hosts the United Nations.

Dr. Gberie is a former editor at Concord Times, and his articles are syndicated in good number of the country’s daily newspapers.

By Ibrahim Alusine Kamara

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