A small state on the west coast of Africa bordered by Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Côte d'Ivoire, the Republic of Liberia has long faced a challenging history. Liberia's civil war, which lasted from 1989 to 1996, left 200,000 people dead and a million more internally displaced. Following the war, warlord Charles Taylor was elected president, but his regime's failure to ameliorate living conditions only prolonged armed conflict. Taylor was later forced to step down and Liberia's first free and democratic elections brought President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to power in 2005.
Liberia became the fifth PBC Agenda state in September 2010 when Member States formulated Liberia's PBC country-specific configuration (CSC). The configuration was filled with members of the PBC Organizational Committee (OC) and Ambassador Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeud al-Hussein, Permanent Representative of Jordan, was appointed to be the first Chair of the Liberia Configuration. The current Chair of the Configuration is Ambassador Olof Skoog of Sweden.
The Liberia Configuration works with the Government of Liberia, the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), and the Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) to promote:
- Security sector reform
- Rule of law
- National reconciliation.
- Find key documents for the Liberia Configuration on the PBC's website here.