New UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for Nepal

Mar 11, 2008

New UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for Nepal

Kathmandu, 11 March- The newly appointed Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator of the United Nations System's Operational Activities for Development in Nepal and the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Mr. Robert Piper, called on the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Honourable Sahana Pradhan today to present the Letter of Credentials from the UN Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon.

Immediately prior to coming to Nepal he was the UNDP Director of the US$ 700 million Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund and Senior Advisor on UN Reform in New York.

Beginning his career at AusAID, over the last 20 years, Mr. Piper has assumed positions of increasing importance in a number of countries and UNDP headquarters including Thailand, Cambodia, and Fiji.

From 2005 to 2006, Mr. Piper worked on the Tsunami Recovery process serving as Chief of Staff to the UN Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery, former US President Bill Clinton.

He was the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Kosovo from March 2002 to July 2004.

Upon assuming office, Mr. Piper said, 'I feel privileged to be taking up this assignment at such a historic time. Perhaps more than ever in our 40 year history in Nepal, the UN's development and humanitarian organizations have a critical role to play in lending our expertise, energies and resources to the Government and people of Nepal. Peace and development are the two sides of the same coin.'

Mr. Piper, an Australian national is a political science graduate and a Yale University World Fellow 2004.

Mr. Piper arrived in Nepal on 10 March 2008.

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