UNDP Out-going Boss Underscores Importance of Decentralization

first_imgThe outgoing Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Antonio Vigilante, has underscored the importance of government’s decentralization policy.Mr. Vigilante urged the Ministry of Internal Affairs to continue efforts aimed at capturing citizens’ attention by giving them access to services.He made the comments recently at a dinner held in his honor as he ends his tour of duty in Liberia.During the event held by UNDP management and staff, Mr. Vigilante expressed gratitude to the Liberian Government and its partners for their contributions toward the nation’s development drive.He thanked all Liberians for their contributions during his three-year tenure including the country’s critical period of the Ebola virus disease (EVD).“I have done my part. I want to thank everyone because without the collaboration of Liberians, we couldn’t have been here. It’s my hope that Liberia will continue to grow in peace and strength with several development programs on her shoulders,” he said.The outgoing UN diplomat expressed the hope that the government will remain on the path of growth and development.‘With resilience, the country will be better; and we need to achieve women’s empowerment, government reform transformation, and job creation among other issues,” he said to the delight of the guests.The program was attended by an array of government officials, UN partners, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, staff of UNDP, friends and many well-wishers.In separate remarks, guests spoke highly of Mr. Vigilante’s contributions especially to the fight against the 2014 deadly Ebola virus crisis.UNDP Country Director Kamil Kamaluddeen described him as “a person who is development-oriented.”While in the country, Mr. Vigilante helped set up of the Community Based Initiative, which provided the stage for community participation in the fight against the EVD, as well as the country’s decentralization process aimed at providing municipal services in the 15 counties.Mr. Vigilante was appointed by the UN Secretary General in 2014 as UNDP Resident Representative. He also served in other capacities as DSRSG for the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) for Recovery and Governance, as well as UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator.Mr. Vigilante has already left the country. He has worked in several countries for the United Nations for over 35 years and is now retiring.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Daley Blind praises Wayne Rooney for inspirational pre-match team talk before Manchester derby victory

first_img Wayne Rooney 1 Manchester United utility man Daley Blind has credited a pre-match team talk from captain Wayne Rooney as hugely pivotal to Sunday’s 4-2 victory in the Manchester derby.Arch rivals City had won the previous four contests before the weekend’s encounter at Old Trafford, but goals from Ashley Young, Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata and Chris Smalling maintained the Red Devils’ faint title hopes.The win ensured bragging rights for the red half of Manchester and prevented what would have been a record fifth straight loss to City, and Blind believes Rooney’s intervention was vital.“It was a thing [the poor recent record] that was always in our minds. Everyone knew how important this game was, not only because it’s a rat race in the last games, but also because of the history of the last four games,” said the Dutchman.“Wayne Rooney mentioned that in the dressing room before the game to all the players and it is something that you have in mind when you go on to the pitch. You saw how everyone was fighting for each other.”United’s thumping win was their sixth consecutive league victory and their form has prompted many into thinking they could mount a realistic challenge for next year’s Premier League, but Blind wants to retain the focus on the rest of this season.He added: “I think Manchester United is always a club that is fighting for the title. Of course other teams are watching us, but we have to watch ourselves this season, our own games, focus on that and then we will see where it ends.“We don’t have to watch for Chelsea. We have to watch for our own games, we have to look at ourselves. Every game is a final to the end and we have to believe in ourselves.”last_img read more