Speaking at the event, Nga congratulated Wiesen on fulfilling mission during her tenure in Vietnam and expressed deep thanks to her contribution to Vietnam on its way to sustainable development.

She emphasized that over the past 45 years since Vietnam’s entry to the United Nations (U.N.), the U.N. and the U.N. Development Program (UNDP) in particular have made important contribution to Vietnam’s socio-economic development and global integration, especially in poverty reduction, fulfillment of the Millennial Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals, and response to global challenges such as climate change and COVID-19 pandemic.

VUFO President Nguyen Phuong Nga presents the insignia to UNDP Resident Representative in Vietnam Caitlin Wiesen.

Under the helm of Wiesen, UNDP worked closely with Vietnamese agencies and partners to successfully carry out the Country Program 2017-2021, build another for 2022-2026 in which strategic orientations for development cooperation between UNDP and Vietnamese agencies were laid out.

Wiesen also directed UNDP to assist Vietnam in its role as ASEAN Chair 2020 and non-permanent member of the U.N. Security Council for 2020-2021, promoted Vietnam’s participation in the U.N. peacekeeping operations, women empowerment, awareness-raising campaigns about the U.N. and Vietnam's significant contributions to the U.N. work among Vietnamese youths.

Nga expressed her gratitude for Wiesen’s contribution to Vietnam’s COVID-19 response and recovery via strengthening medical system, recovering green economy, social welfare and digital transformation.

She wished that UNDP would continue supporting Vietnam and contributing to maintaining peace and sustainable development in the world.

Wiesen expressed her belief that ties between UNDP and Vietnam, and between UNDP and VUFO will thrive in the future.

She affirmed that UNDP will promote cooperation with Vietnam in the coming time.

Source: VNA