The new UN Resident Coordinator discussed development priorities with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova
31 March 2015

Chisinau – Ms. Dafina Gercheva, the newly appointed Resident Coordinator of the United Nations (UN) and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Republic of Moldova met today with Mr. Chiril Gaburici, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova.

During the meeting, the officials reviewed the 23 years of cooperation between the Republic of Moldova and the UN. They discussed Moldova’s commendable progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals and commitment to advance the post-2015 development agenda, as well as ways to further the country’s European objectives.

Ms. Gercheva assured the full and continued support of the UN towards advancing national priorities and promoting sustainable development.

Building on our successful cooperation to date, I look forward to supporting the Government and people of Moldova in achieving the future they want”, said Ms. Gercheva during the meeting with the Prime Minister.

“The accomplishment of numerous programs developed in the recent years have contributed to the improvement of Moldovan citizens’ living conditions”, said the Prime Minister.

“In order to address Moldova’s development challenges, the UN will further support acceleration of the implementation of key reforms, including judicial, public administration and decentralization reforms. Also, together with national and international partners, the UN will help the Moldovan Government make targeted investments in health and education; promote green and equitable economic growth as well as ensure full respect for fundamental human rights”, said Ms. Gercheva.

Ms. Gercheva, a national of Bulgaria, was appointed as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative to the Republic of Moldova on 23rd February, 2015. Ms. Gercheva is the designated Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Moldova and leader of the UN Country Team, thus playing a central role in coordinating the UN’s development work in the country. As UNDP Resident Representative, Ms. Gercheva is also responsible for the interventions of UNDP in Moldova.

Prior to this appointment Ms. Gercheva was Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Director of the Bureau of Management, UNDP (2012-2015). She served as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative to the Republic of Armenia during the period 2010-2012. Ms. Gercheva holds a B.Sc. in Economics, M.Sc. in Political Economy and Sociology and a Ph.D. in Environmental Economics from the University of National and World Economy, Bulgaria.

The UN established a presence in the Republic of Moldova soon after the country joined the organization in 1992. Over twenty resident and non-resident UN agencies, funds and programmes work in Moldova, contributing to the achievement of the country’s development priorities. 2015 marks the global celebration of the 70th anniversary of the UN, which aims to honour the historic breadth of the Organization’s development, security and human rights work.

The current 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. 


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