In the afternoon, May 4, 2011, the medal award ceremony for Mr. John Hendra – Resident Coordinator of the United Nations (UN) in Vietnam took place at the office of the Ministry of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA). Attending the ceremony were the Minister of MOLISA Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, leaders of some units of the Ministry and representatives of UN organizations.
Began assuming the role as Chief Resident Representative Office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) since 2006, after more than five years working in Vietnam, Mr. John Hendra has made positive contributions to the strengthen cooperation between the Government, the people of Vietnam with community organizations of the UN, contributing to promote the Vietnam's integration process into the international community.
Taking the position as a Resident Coordinator of the UN, Mr. John Hendra and leaders of UN Organizations in Vietnam has jointly managed and coordinated programs, projects through a regular support of about 80 million USD per year, of which UNDP contributed approximately 20 million USD per year for Vietnam in the most fields: politics, economics, socio-culture; contributing to the cooperation relationship development between Vietnam and the UN in a more comprehensive way with steps forward and important milestones in the working term.
Speaking at the ceremony, Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan said: "We particularly appreciate the support of the United Nations in general and contributions of Mr. John Hendra in particular to help Vietnam address many global pressing issues, but it is the key tasks of the branch in the State management assigned by the Government, such as poverty reduction, gender equality, HIV / AIDS prevention, natural disasters prevention, climate change, supports for disadvantaged groups in the society (women, children, ethnic minorities, the disabled ...). The support of UN agencies and international donors are the factors that promote the efforts of the Government and Vietnamese people to early complete some Millennium goals, ensure economic growth is associated with social justice and progress"
The Medal awarded to Mr. John Hendra is the recognition of his personal contribution to the industry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs in the working term in Vietnam. The Minister also hoped that at the new working position (Deputy General Director of the UN Women Agency), Mr. John Hendra will continue to cooperate with Vietnam in general and with MOLISA in particular to contribute positively for the advancement of women worldwide.