VUFO Presents Friendship Medal to UNDP Resident Representative in Vietnam Caitlin Wiesen

The Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO) awarded the "For peace and friendship among nations" medal to Caitlin Wiesen - Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Vietnam in Hanoi on August 24.

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Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga, President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations congratulated Caitlin Wiesen on completing a successful term in Vietnam. She highly appreciated Wiesen’s contributions to the Vietnam – United Nations cooperation and Vietnam’s success in the journey towards sustainable development and its cause to build a prosperous and happy country.

VUFO Presents Friendship Medal to UNDP Resident Representative in Vietnam Caitlin Wiesen
Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga congratulated UNDP Resident Representative Caitlin Wiesen on her successful term in Vietnam (Photo: Toan Thang).

During her working term, Caitlin Wiesen has been at the forefront of accelerating Sustainable development goals (SDGs) implementation, leading the UNDP team in many activities toward the implementation of the SDGs. UNDP Vietnam, under the leadership of Wiesen and in collaboration with Vietnamese agencies and partners, has successfully implemented the National Program 2017-2021 and developed the National Program 2022-2026, which points out strategic directions for development cooperation between UNDP and Vietnamese agencies.

VUFO Presents Friendship Medal to UNDP Resident Representative in Vietnam Caitlin Wiesen
Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga presents a medal to UNDP Resident Representative Caitlin Wiesen (Photo: Toan Thang).

Wiesen has led UNDP to support Vietnam as ASEAN Chair in 2020 and as UNSC non-permanent member in 2020-2021, promoting Vietnam’s participation in UN peacekeeping operations, women’s empowerment, and in raising awareness of the United Nations and significant contributions made by Vietnam toward the work of the United Nations among the young people in Vietnam.

Since the early days of the Covid-19, Caitlin Wiesen has led UNDP in assisting Vietnam to respond to the pandemic in four areas: strengthening the health system, revitalizing the green economy, providing social protection, and digital transformation.

VUFO Presents Friendship Medal to UNDP Resident Representative in Vietnam Caitlin Wiesen
Delegates take photos at the event (Photo: Le An).

Weisen expressed her gratitute to VUFO and Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga for their strong commitment and collaboration with UNDP in promoting peace, solidarity, friendship, multilateralism and practical people to people cooperation – key to Sustainable Development Goals.

“I am honored and humbled to receive this medal for Peace and Friendship among Nations. This noble ward is not just for me but important work of colleagues from VUFO, MOFA, and UNDP over the past five years,” she said.

Caitlin Wiesen believes that the good cooperation between UNDP and VUFO, and between the United Nations and Vietnam will further develop. She affirmed that UNDP would continue to cooperate with VUFO in the coming time.

Caitlin Wiesen led the UNDP Viet Nam team to contribute to the development of the National Action Plan for Agenda 2030 on SDGs implementation. UNDP Vietnam, under the leadership of Wiesen and in collaboration with Vietnamese agencies and partners, has successfully implemented the National Program 2017-2021 and developed the National Program 2022-2026, which points out strategic directions for development cooperation between UNDP and Vietnamese agencies.

She also led UNDP support for Viet Nam’s ASEAN Chairmanship in 2020 and its non-permanent UN Security Council roles (2020-2021), including advocacy for women, peace and security, climate security, and mine action agendas.

She has done great work in promoting Viet Nam’s participation in UN peacekeeping operations, women’s empowerment and in raising awareness of the United Nations and significant contributions made by Viet Nam toward the work of the United Nations among the young people in Viet Nam through many meaningful activities

Valerie Mai