Cambodian Senior Minister and Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation H.E. Prak Sokhonn received here yesterday the Letter of Credentials from newly appointed United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator in Cambodia Ms. Pauline Tamesis.
According to a news release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation issued this morning, H.E. Prak Sokhonn warmly welcomed Ms. Pauline Tamesis and lauded the active contribution of UNDP and other UN agencies to the development of Cambodia under the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and their close cooperation with the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC).
The Cambodian top diplomat also recalled the annual meeting between Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen and members of the UN agencies in Cambodia held last February to exchange views on the strengthening and expansion of partnership cooperation between the RGC and UN agencies.
Ms. Pauline Tamesis said she is proud of her new appointment and appreciated Cambodia for the rapid development, peace and stability as well as the country's remarkable progress in realising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), its efforts in mine clearance and its active participation in the UN peacekeeping operations.
In reply, H.E. Prak Sokhonn underlined that even though the number of mine casualties dropped significantly from 4,320 to only 56 between 1996 and 2017, landmine remains a challenge for rural development. That is the reason why Cambodia considers mine clearance as the 18th goal in its SDGs, he added.
He also expressed Cambodia's pride to take part in peacekeeping missions under the UN umbrella. Since 2006, 5,172 Cambodian peacekeepers have been deployed to eight different countries, he pointed out.
Before coming to work in Cambodia, Ms. Pauline Tamesis used to be the Chief, Country Office Support, UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub from 2016�2018; Country Director, UNDP Bangladesh 2013�2016; Regional Democratic Governance Practice Leader, Asia Pacific Regional Centre, UNDP 2008�2013; Practice Manager, Bureau for Development Policy, New York, UNDP 2006�2008; and Anti-Corruption Policy Adviser, Bureau for Development Policy, New York, UNDP, 1997�2006.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press