New Delhi - Ms. Lise Grande presented her credentials to the Honourable Minister of State for External Affairs, Ms. Preneet Kaur, today and assumed charge as the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative and leader of the United Nations Country Team.
The Honourable Minister of State for External Affairs Ms. Preneet Kaur welcomed Ms. Grande to India and recalled the close and comprehensive engagement between India and the United Nations and the mutually beneficial cooperation with UNDP. The Honourable Minister expressed confidence that Ms. Grande’s rich international experience will help India and the UN to come even closer.
Thanking the Honourable Minister, Ms. Grande said, “I am honoured and privileged to have the opportunity to serve in this great country at this critical juncture. India is playing an essential role in the global effort to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and can share so much about human development with other countries.”
Ms. Grande has worked for the United Nations since 1994, serving in Armenia, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, East Timor, Occupied Palestine, Sudan and Tajikistan. She worked for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs for seven years and was involved in some of the United Nations’ largest humanitarian operations. More recently, Ms Grande has worked in UN peacekeeping operations. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Grande served as the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in South Sudan.
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