Changes in UN Resident Coordinator and Resident Rep roles come 2019

UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP resident representative Sanaka Samarasinha. Picture: JESSICA SAVIKE

SOME significant changes will be taking place on January 1, 2019, with the United Nations office for the Pacific based in Fiji.

New UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP resident representative Sanaka Samarasinha today noted that come the new year, there will be a new UNDP resident representative, which means he will only continue in his role as the UN Resident Coordinator.

He said this change would be more cost effective where they would be able to deliver the services at a lower price and refocus on the programs that they have.

Mr Samarasinha who has been working for the UN for almost 20 years in many different countries says the system will see greater accountability from the UN to the government.

He said with the approach of having one team leader who will be accountable to the government was better for the people they were going to serve.

Mr Samarasinha has come to Fiji many times prior to his appointment.

More from the interview with Mr Samarasinha in today’s edition (Friday, October 5, 2018) of The Fiji Times and in our e-Edition.

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