New Leadership at the UN in MyanmarJan 10, 2014
Myanmar - The new UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Ms. Renata Lok-Dessallien, has arrived in Myanmar to take up her tour of duty. On the 9th of January, she presented her credentials to H.E. U Wunna Maung Lwin, Minister of Foreign Affairs, in Nay Pyi Taw.
At her meeting with the Foreign Minister, she congratulated him on Myanmar’s efforts in accelerating its reforms with a focus on a people-centered approach.
“Myanmar is going through enormous changes right now and it is also trying to deal with the challenges that come with these changes,” Ms. Lok-Dessallien noted upon arriving in Myanmar. “I am privileged to be here to witness these changes and to help the UN System contribute towards Myanmar’s progress,” she added.
Ms. Lok-Dessallien is the first woman to serve as Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Representative in Myanmar. She is no stranger to this country. She served as UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Myanmar from 2000 to 2002.
“I am delighted to be back in this beautiful country and look forward to working for the well-being of the people of Myanmar,” she said.
Ms. Lok- Dessallien has served as Resident Coordinator for the last 10 years, first in Bhutan, Bangladesh and most recently in China. She therefore has 26 years of UN experience in Africa and throughout Asia. Prior to joining the UN, Ms. Lok-Dessallien worked for the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.
Ms. Lok-Dessallien succeeds Mr. Ashok Nigam, who has completed his tour of duty, as Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Myanmar.
Aye Win, National Information Officer