Outgoing UN Resident Coordinator: Impressive achievements in development

May 23, 2014

Government and development partner respresentatives raise a farewell toast for Minh Pham. Photo: UNDP Lao PDR/Daniel Hodgson

Vientiane, 23 May 2014 – Lao PDR has demonstrated impressive achievements in development over the last few years, says the United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative Minh Pham. 

Mr. Pham, who is due to end his tenure of three years as the head of the UN in Lao PDR this month, said he felt “very privileged to have served here and developed such warm and genuine friendships”.

In his farewell remarks he thanked the Government of Lao PDR for their efforts to advance a common development agenda. “I wish the country will continue this positive trajectory for the benefit of all”, he added. 

More than 100 people from the Government, diplomatic corps, the United Nations and development partners gathered to Lao Plaza hotel in Vientiane to wish him well.  “It’s been a wonderful three years here, and tonight I’d like to express my gratitude to you, and to the people of Lao PDR”, Mr. Pham said. 

He also conveyed his sincere appreciation to the development community, UN country team and his UNDP colleagues for their cooperation and support over the years. 

Speaking on behalf of the development partners, the Ambassador of France Mr. Yves Carmona praised Mr. Pham’s strong dedication to development issues and added: “I hope that he will continue to work for the good of the Lao people”. 

Last week Mr. Pham was awarded the Government’s Cross of Friendship in recognition of his dedication to enhance the cooperation between Lao PDR and the United Nations, as well as for his contribution to the country’s development. 

Mr. Pham arrived in Lao PDR in 2011 to take up his third assignment as the UN Resident Coordinator, having previously held this post in Jamaica and the Maldives. In addition he has served as the head of UNDP Regional Center in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

UN Resident Coordinator is the highest United Nations official and the chief of UN diplomatic mission in a country. The resident coordinator is the designated representative of the UN Secretary-General and leader of United Nations country team.

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