Foreign Minister Commends UNDP Efforts

Najat Ahmed

Khartoum- Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Al Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed received at his office Monday the new Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Dr. Selva Ramachandran, who presented to whim his credential papers.
Prior to his appointment as UNDP Resident Representative in Sudan, Dr. Ramachandran had been assuming the post of Country Director in UNDP at Sudan.
During the presentation, held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday, March 18, 2019, the Minister congratulated Dr. Selva for his appointment to the new role of leading UNDP’s development work in the country.
The two also discussed priority areas of collaboration between the Government of Sudan and UNDP. The RR reaffirmed UNDP’s commitment to partnering with the Government in the implementation of its development agenda
The international official reviewed the efforts of UNDP in Sudan, especially in the field of combating desertification and climatic change effects besides supporting the communities hosting refugees and migrants.
He pointed out that the UNDP has received findings from the Korea International Cooperation Agency and China for use of solar energy in agriculture in River Nile and White Nile States as efforts are being exerted to obtain financing from the Green Climate Fund, which is established in accordance with UN framework agreement on climate change.
The Minister expressed appreciation for the efforts of the UNDP in Sudan, expressing conviction that the long experience of Dr. Ramachandran in the country would greatly help him in his new post, affirming readiness of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to facilitate his mission in the country.
In the last 26 years of his career, Dr. Selva has acquired extensive experience in senior leadership, programme management and development policy advice, combined with substantive knowledge on strategic programme development in multi-sectoral environments.  He has a strong analytical track record, and proven ability in resource mobilization, partnership building with governments, multilateral and bilateral organizations, private sector, academia and civil society.
Selva holds a PhD in Asian and International Studies from Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. He also holds a Master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Population Studies from University of Malaya.

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