Pre. Weah meets Global Envoy Zuriel Oduwole in New York
Washington DC – Monday, December 12th: She was called the world’s most powerful girl by the US Secretary of State John Kerry at their meeting in Washington DC in January 2017 at the age of 14, for her ability to propose simplified solutions to world leaders in their quest to tackle growing socio-development challenges in their countries.
Focusing on girl’s education advocacy, global peace and now the climate challenge currently perturbing our planet today, 19-year- old Los Angeles native Zuriel Oduwole has sat down with over 33 world leaders [Presidents and Prime Ministers], from Malta to Kenya, Ghana to Croatia, Tanzania, Fiji, Malawi, Samoa, Jamaica, Bahamas, Guyana, Egypt and many more, offering her unique insight in areas valuable to our world’s gender equity, peace and sustainable development.
Against this backdrop and a day before the US – Africa Summit initiated by the Biden Administration, President George Weah met today with the young Californian Zuriel Oduwole in Washington DC, to hear first-hand her ideas on the areas of gender development and the climate issue.
Open to building partnerships that can make a measurable difference in Liberia, President George Weah first congratulated Zuriel on her award received earlier in September, presented to her by the 8th Secretary General of the UN – Ban Ki-Moon, for her measurable development work over the last 10 years.
President Weah reiterated to Zuriel his concerns about the little attention being paid to smaller nations, when it comes to the climate challenge, especially since smaller nations contribute a very small percentage of the green-house gases, compared to larger economies – who also seen to have louder voices and longer reaches, in receiving climate mitigation support and assistance.
Zuriel, who also has the ears of some G7 leaders, hopes to visit Liberia in the near future at the invitation of the government, to see, learn and experience the challenges, before proffering her solution in the gender area and climate challenges facing the nation.