Mozambique has a new UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Representative

Mar 2, 2016

H.E. Foreign Affairs Minister Baloi greeting Ms. de Castro upon accrediting her as UN Resident Coordinator in Mozambique

The new United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Ms. Marcia de Castro, today presented her credential to Mozambique Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, H.E.  Oldermiro Baloi, officially starting her mandate in the country.

“The United Nations and the Government of Mozambique have a long history of a successful cooperation and I feel privileged to be a part of continuing this strong partnership,” said Ms. De Castro.

During the meeting she acknowledged the challenges Mozambique is facing reaffirming the United Nations commitment to support the country to be peaceful and prosperous. 

Upon her accreditation, the new UN Representative said:  “I look forward to renew the commitment of the United Nations to continue to be a development partner of choice in Mozambique”.

Ms. de Castro also hailed the experience of the Government of Mozambique in dealing with the recurrent natural disasters such as drought, floods and cyclones. In this regard, the Resident Coordinator appealed to the importance of the country’s participation in the Humanitarian Summit to take place in in Istanbul, Turkey in May 2016.    

Further, she expressed her desire to continue strengthening a coherent and united UN System in the country, praising the Government for joining the 'Delivering-as-One ' initiative in its piloting phase started in 2007.

Prior to her appointment as the highest ranking UN official in the Republic of Mozambique, Ms. De Castro served as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for Mexico (2012-2015), UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for Trinidad and Tobago with multi-coverage for Suriname, Aruba and the Netherlands Antilles (2007-2012).

Ms. Marcia de Castro holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the London School of Economics, an M.A. in Geography from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in Geography from the University of South Carolina.  A native of Brazil, she speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese.

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