UN Resident Coordinator completed her mission in the Republic of Moldova
22 December 2014
Nicola Harrington-Buhay, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) completed today her assignment in the Republic of Moldova.
On this occasion, she had a series of meetings with President of the Republic of Moldova Nicolae Timofti, Prime-Minister Iurie Leanca, Speaker of the Parliament Igor Corman and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Natalia Gherman.
At the meeting with President Nicolae Timofti, the UN Resident Coordinator was decorated with the Civic Merit medal (“Meritul Civic”) as a sign of deep gratitude for her special contribution to the reform process, local development projects and contribution to promoting Moldova’s image on the international arena.
President Nicolae Timofti praised UN’s work in Moldova in the area of justice and education reforms, reducing poverty and migration as well as strengthening the capacities of the Central Electoral Commission and other central public administrations.
“I am deeply honoured about the recognition the work of the United Nations in Moldova has received through this award”, said Nicola Harrington-Buhay. “I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to visit so many communities and support Moldova and its people in the modernization process of the country”.
Nicola Harrington-Buhay (United Kingdom) has been serving as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Moldova since August 2012. Before being appointed to Moldova, she worked for the UN and UNDP in Serbia and Montenegro, Nicaragua, Malawi and Argentina, and Belgium.
She will be replaced by Dafina Gercheva (Bulgaria) who has been appointed as new UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in the Republic of Moldova. She is expected to start her assignment in Moldova in February 2015.
The Republic of Moldova joined the United Nations on March 2, 1992. As a UN Member-State, Moldova has ratified various international agreements and UN Conventions, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, and the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.
The UN–Republic of Moldova Partnership Framework for 2013-2017 “Towards Unity in Action” supports Moldova’s priorities and development challenges in three priority areas: (1) democratic governance, justice, equality and human rights; (2) human development and social inclusion; and (3) environment, climate change and disaster risk management. Over twenty resident and non-resident UN specialised agencies, funds and programmes work in Moldova, contributing to the achievement of the country’s development priorities.
Through its programmes, the UN is addressing strategic national priorities and reforms, including strengthening the national statistical system; integrated Human Rights Based Approach-focused local development; deepening democracy through strengthening capacity of Parliament, the Central Electoral Commission and local governments; supporting confidence building on both banks of the Nistru river through community, business and health initiatives; mainstreaming migration into national policies; advancing human rights and justice sector advocacy; fostering deinstitutionalization and social inclusion of persons with mental or intellectual disabilities; and combatting domestic violence.
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