KATHMANDU, Sept 30: Valerie Julliand, the United Nations Resident Coordinator, is completing her tenure in Nepal on Wednesday.
She has been appointed by the UN Secretary General as the UN Resident Coordinator for Indonesia, according to a press release issued by the United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office in Kathmandu.
Julliand has termed the relationship between the Government and the UN as one of mutual respect and collaboration and sees the UN as a valued partner of the government and the people of Nepal.
“When I first arrived in Nepal, the country was recovering and reconstructing after the 2015 earthquakes--a feat that would be daunting and challenging for any country. As I leave, Nepal faces the COVID-19 pandemic and its immense socio-economic impacts,” Julliand has been quoted in the press release as saying.
She added that the UN will continue to work together with the government of Nepal and its people to recover from this crisis, building back new and laying the foundations for a gender-equal, more inclusive and climate-friendly Nepal.
During her tenure, the UN in Nepal signed its five-year partnership agreement (UNDAF 2018-2022); supported the earthquake reconstruction process and 2017 response to the floods; coordinated the COVID-19 preparedness and response efforts, among others.
“Now more than ever, in the COVID-19 context, we need to remember that we cannot take the progress made on the SDGs and MDGs for granted; we need real change to achieve a truly inclusive and equitable society, in policies and economies to ensure that progress is not lost, and that no one is left behind,” Julliand further said.
Julliand came to Nepal in July 2016 after being appointed by the UN Secretary General as UN Resident Coordinator and the Resident Representative of UNDP to Nepal.