Uganda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sam Kutesa has officially received letters of credence of the new United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative, Elsie Attafuah.
Kutesa received the letters on Wednesday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters in Kampala.
The Minister welcomed the new Resident Representative to Uganda and commended the United Nation’s (UN) good working relationship with the government of Uganda. He particularly took note of UNDP’s role in the area of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and also in the diaspora support services.
In presenting her letters of credence to the Minister, Attafuah conveyed a message of gratitude for the warm reception that was accorded to her
She states that her intention is to work closely with the Ministry, pledging to advance the UN’s goals to ultimately achieve the principle purpose of accomplishing the SDGs and encourage global development, poverty reduction, promote democratic governance, energy and environment, social development, and crisis prevention and recovery.
UNDP is the UN agency that advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life for themselves. It provides expert advice, training and grants support to developing countries, with increasing emphasis on assistance to the least developed countries.
Kutesa reaffirmed the provision of the Ministry’s necessary support and technical assistance required in execution of the duties of the Resident Representative.
Attafuah once again conveyed a message of gratitude expressing optimism and reiterating commitment in achieving the goals to eliminate poverty, inequality and exclusion to achieve sustainable development for the benefit of all Ugandans.
In the new position, Attafuah replaces Almaz Gebru who has since retired.
A letter of credence is a formal diplomatic letter that appoints a diplomat as ambassador to another sovereign state. Commonly known as diplomatic credentials, the letter is addressed from one head of State to another, asking him to give credence to whatever the ambassador may say on his country’s behalf.
The letter is presented personally by the ambassador to the receiving head of state in a formal ceremony, marking the beginning of the ambassadorship.
Ambassadors do not begin their duties until their credentials are accepted, and their precedence within the diplomatic corps is determined by the date on which the credentials were presented.