New UN Resident Coordinator UNDP Resident Representative presents credentials
The new UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Ms. Christina Carlson presented her credentials to Lyonpo Rinzin Dorji, Minister of Foreign Affairs at the Gyalyong Tshokhang this morning. The Resident Coordinator was accompanied by Dasho Yeshey Dorji, Secretary of Foreign Affairs and senior officials from the Ministry.
Ms. Carlson congratulated the Foreign Minister on the smooth transitioning of the new government after the second Parliamentary election on 13 July, signifying another milestone in Bhutan's efforts in deepening democracy. She reiterated the UN's continued commitment to supporting the 11th Five Year Plan once adopted at the upcoming Parliamentary session. A draft One UN Programme, which is UN's five-year plan (2014 - 2018) corresponding to the draft 11th FYP will be finalized once the 11 FYP is endorsed by the Government. Lyonpo Rinzin Dorji expressed his appreciation for long-standing partnership between Bhutan and the United Nations since 1970s.
Before this appointment, Ms. Christina Carlson served as a Senior Programme Advisor, with the Regional Bureau for the Arab States at UNDP Headquarters in New York (2011-2013); as Joint Presence Manager and Deputy Resident Representative, Solomon Islands (2007- 2010); as Advisor on Pandemic Preparedness, United Nations, New York (2006-2007); as Programme Specialist and Deputy Team Leader, Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS New York (2003-2006); as Deputy Chief Technical Advisor and Deputy Project Manager, UNOPS, Papua New Guinea (2002); as Assistant Resident Representative and Programme Specialist, UNDP, Kosovo (2000-2001); and Programme Management Officer, RBEC, UNDP, New York (1996-1999). Prior to joining RBEC in 1999, she undertook various consultancies for UNOPS and UNDP in New York and Geneva.
Ms. Carlson holds a B.S. in Journalism from Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA and an M.A. in Political Science/International Relations from Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia in the USA. She was preceded by Ms. Claire Van der Vaeren who served as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative from July 2009 to March 2013.
The UN is one of Bhutan's leading development partners providing financial and technical assistance in the areas of poverty reduction, health and education, democratic governance and gender mainstreaming, and environment and disaster risk management.