On December 6, 2013, Ms. Osnat Lubrani, the new UN Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Program Resident Representative to the Federated States of Micronesia based in Suva, Fiji presented her letter of credence to Mr. Samson E. Pretrick, Acting Secretary of the FSM Department of Foreign Affairs, in a formal ceremony at the Department of Foreign Affairs’ conference room.
During the ceremony, Acting Secretary Pretrick welcomed Ms. Lubrani to the FSM and congratulated her as the new Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative to the Pacific Region and the FSM. He thanked her for making time to visit the FSM to formally present her Credentials.
Acting Secretary Pretrick informed Ms. Lubrani that he was very happy to receive her letter of credence on behalf of the FSM Government. He noted that the letter and her visit reaffirm the close working relationship that exists between the FSM and UNDP. He also expressed the FSM’s appreciation for UNDP’s role as an implementing agency for many projects in the areas of environment, conservation and biodiversity. Lastly, he indicated that the FSM will continue to work with UNDP in the implementation of these beneficial projects.
Ms. Lubrani thanked Acting Secretary Pretrick and expressed her readiness to work with the FSM Government. They discussed some areas which needed further cooperation and collaboration, especially the review of the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and other UN related issues.
Attending the ceremony, were Mr. Okeen Ehmes, Country Development Manager of the UN Joint Presence, representative from World Health Organization (WHO), staff froms the Department of Foreign Affairs and staff of the FSM Public Information Office.
During her short visit in the FSM, Ms. Lubrani also paid a courtesy call on the Vice-President Alik L. Alik and heads/representatives of each department and agency.
Ms. Lubrani left Pohnpei on Tuesday, December 10, 2013.
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