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“UNDP to continue support Lanka’s development efforts”

UNDP Resident Representative Azusa Kubota with Minister Ali Sabry
UNDP Resident Representative Azusa Kubota with Minister Ali Sabry

Azusa Kubota presented her credentials yesterday to Ali Sabry, Minister of Foreign Affairs, officially taking office as the new Resident Representative for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sri Lanka.

Prior to her appointment in Sri Lanka, Kubota served as the Resident Representative at UNDP in Bhutan for 4 years, where she led the work of the Bhutan Country Office to transform UNDP into a more nimble, innovative thought leader, more effective and efficient at delivering results as a trusted partner. Kubota has also worked in UNDP in Malawi and she has also worked for NGOs in Senegal, Lesotho and Washington D.C. With close to 25 years of experience in international development, Kubota has been instrumental in shaping policy and programming for development planning and evaluations along with strategic partnerships.

A national of Japan, Kubota holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs in Economic and Political Development from the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York, USA.

While presenting her credentials to the Minister, Kubota stated, “UNDPs new Country Programme (2023-2027) comes at a critical juncture when Sri Lanka is experiencing severe socio-economic hardships.

UNDP will continue to support Sri Lanka’s development efforts by pushing boundaries on interlinked and complex issues to drive transformational change.

“As we enter a new chapter, the priorities for UNDP are clear: we need to bring about integrated development and lasting solutions for a sustainable, green and inclusive recovery for Sri Lanka, to not only build a better world for tomorrow - but to build that better world today.”

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