New United Nations Resident Coordinator presents credentials to the Tongan Prime Minister

27 Nov 2013

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(Nuku’alofa, Tonga) - The United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative, Ms Osnat Lubrani, presented her credentials to the Prime Minister of Tonga, His Excellency Lord Tu’ivakano.

In September 2013, Ms Lubrani assumed her role as the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative. Based in Suva, she is responsible for coordination of the UN System’s operational activities in 10 Pacific Island countries, the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

“I’m very pleased with the cooperation between the UN and Tonga Government, and that having a representative on the ground is really helpful particularly in moving forward with the new UN Development Assistant Framework (UNDAF), and particularly, the commitment from the Government in trying to provide a space for the UN in the country,” said Ms Lubrani.

Ms Lubrani brings with her a range of experience within the UN system, including UN Development Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Kosovo (2009-2013); Director of the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM now UN Women) in Brussels (2007-2009) and Regional Programme Director in Slovakia from 2002-2007.  She was seconded to UNDP’s office in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia during the civil conflict (2001-2002) as Deputy Resident Representative a.i. and worked with UNIFEM (now UN Women) in New York from 1997-2001.

While serving as Director for UNIFEM (now UN Women) in Brussels, Ms Lubrani was instrumental in the establishment and management of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women.

His Excellency Lord Tu’ivakano in welcoming Ms Lubrani to the country, said that he looked forward to further collaboration with the UN particularly on climate change and also on the Parliamentary project.

Ms Lubrani participated in the Government of Tonga hosted Donor Roundtable and launch of Tonga’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Acceleration Framework Report. She will also pay a courtesy visit to Her Royal Highness, Princess Mele Siu'ilikutapu Kalaniuvalu Fotofili.

Ms Lubrani departs Tonga on 28 November for the Northern Pacific where she will also present her credentials. She has to date presented her credentials to the Governments of Fiji and the Solomon Islands.

Contact Information

Milika Tuita, Country Development Manager, Tonga. Tel: (676) 22520/22524; email: milika.tuita@undp.org

Sheryl Ho, Knowledge Communications Analyst, tel: (679) 3227-504; email: sheryl.ho@undp.org