The Public Relations Department of the Ministry of Cooperatives, Labour and Social Welfare reported on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, that Mr. Murali, the resident UNDP Representative in the Islamic Republic of Iran whose term of office came to an end and his successor, Ms. Anne Marie Sloth Carlsen who was substituted him, met with Dr. Mohammad-Taghi Hosseini, MoCLSW Acting Minister in International Department.
The meeting was held upon request of the outgoing UNDP representative Mr. Murali to bid farewell and to introduce the incoming representative, Ms. Carlsen.
Mr. Murali recalled and appreciated the very effective cooperation and supports of Mr. Hosseini during his mission to Tehran and presented a short account of UNDP initiatives in the country. Underlining the core issues of UNDP’ concern such as poverty reduction, improving environment, extensive health coverage, fighting against inequalities and provision of expertise with a focus on economic growth, Mr. Murali said: “Iranian Ministry of Cooperatives, Labour and Social Welfare plays a crucial role in all these domains; therefore, the collaboration of the Ministry and UNDP is of a strategic and solid one and the endeavor of the Government of Iran in all such areas are commendable and could be regarded as a model for other countries for South-South cooperation. I believe that the decade ahead of Iran is a key period for the country in terms of international relations… It is a good opportunity to introduce Ms. Marie Carlsen, the new UNDP representative in Tehran.”
Ms. Carlsen said: “‘Empowered lives, resilient nation’ is the UNDP mantra. It is the third week I am in Tehran and for the first time; I am getting familiar with the great organization of Iranian Administration and I am going to do everything in my power to enhance the cooperation between my concerned organization and the I.R. of Iran.”
Dr. Hosseini appreciated the good service of Mr. Murali during his tenure in Iran and added: “The cooperation between our Ministry and UNDP is built on a very firm ground and the measures so far taken have been valuable and effective and I hope that they are further continued in future.”
The MoCLSW Acting Minister in International Affairs expressed his warm welcome to the new UNDP representative; and while wishing her every success in her new position, expressed hope that her presence in UNDP would bring a fresh spirit of mutual cooperation. He promised that he and the staff under his management would continue their supports and would be more than happy to facilitate the issues of mutual interests, as and when needed.
He also gave a brief introduction on what and how MoCLSW cooperates with international agencies as well as the areas of cooperation and the possibilities in reach of the Ministry.