UNDP Resident Representative presents credentials to Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan


May 23, Fineko/abc.az. Recently appointed UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Alessandro Fracassetti, presented his credentials as the Head of the United Nations Development Programme in the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan His Excellency Mr. Elmar Mammadyarov at the meeting at the Ministry yesterday.

Minister Mammadyarov welcomed Mr Fracassetti and received his letter of appointment issued by UNDP’s Administrator Mr. Achim Steiner on 6 May, 2019.

In this role, Mr. Fracassetti has overall responsibility for UNDP operational activities in the country, closely collaborates with national stakeholders and international partners to support Azerbaijan’s national priorities in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The appointment of Mr. Fracassetti as UNDP Resident Representative comes at a time when the country has laid solid foundations towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its accompanying 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through nationalised SDG priorities. 

During the bilateral meeting with Minister Mammadyarov, Mr. Fracassetti stressed that UNDP will continue to extend its full support to the Government of Azerbaijan in implementing the country’s ambitious development agenda and offer expertise and innovative solutions in key priority areas such as inclusive employment and entrepreneurship, youth and women empowerment, economic diversification, digitalization, environmental protection and energy efficiency.

In line with government priorities and in the spirit of Leaving No One Behind, UNDP’s programme in Azerbaijan promotes inclusivity, sustainability and innovation with a particular focus for the vulnerable groups, including rural communities, women and youth, unemployed, people with disabilities, veterans of war and IDPs.

Mr. Fracassetti has been leading UNDP Azerbaijan ad interim since December 2018. Mr. Fracassetti has more than 22 years of senior-level experience in international development. Prior to his appointment as UNDP Resident Representative, he had served as UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Azerbaijan since 2016, North Macedonia (2011-2016), and Croatia (2006-2011), as UNDP Assistant Resident Representative in Belarus (2004-2006) and in other senior positions, including as Senior Political Advisor and Senior Election Officer with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Bosnia Herzegovina and Croatia since 1996.