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Distinguished Son of Sierra Leone Gets Russian National Honour
By George Assaf
Jul 2, 2009, 13:49

Subject: UNIDO Director-General Yumkella receives Russian Foreign Ministry decoration for contribution to international cooperation
Dear Awareness Times Newspaper,
It is my pleasure to pass on to you the attached press release on Dr Kandeh K. Yumkella. I think that you will agree that it is a great honour for Sierra Leone that he has received this prestigious international award. I am sure that it would interest your readers. May I kindly ask you to publish it on your website.
Many thanks for your kind cooperation.
Yours sincerely,
Dr George b. Assaf
UNIDO Spokesperson

Director-General Yumkella receives Russian Foreign Ministry decoration for contribution to international cooperation.

Sierra Leone's Dr. Kandeh Yumkella & Russia's Foreign Minister

VIENNA, 2 July 2009 – UNIDO Director-General, Kandeh K. Yumkella, received today a Russian Foreign Ministry decoration “For [his] Contribution to International Cooperation”, as well as congratulations on his re-election for a second term in office from Minister Sergey Lavrov. Other recipients of this prestigious award include Mohamed ElBaradei, the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

“Serving all these years at this high and responsible post you have proven yourself to be a person completely devoted to the aims of improving and building up the efficiency of the Organization’s assistance,” wrote Minister Lavrov in a letter to the Director-General.

“I am pleased to note that even at the time of a global financial and economic crisis UNIDO under your guidance is not only keeping its stability and abilities, but is even building up organizational, operative and expert potential thus gaining a higher proven authority among UN-family organizations.”

Noting UNIDO’s efforts to broaden cooperation with Russia, Minister Lavrov said: “The Russian Federation means to play from now on an active and constructive role in UNIDO’s activities thus contributing to the gradual increase of the Organization’s services highly qualified and significant in volume in the field of industrial development.”

Director-General Yumkella was recommended for a second term in office during the thirty-sixth session of UNIDO’s Industrial Development Board on 23 June. He will be nominated for confirmation by the Organization’s General Conference at its thirteenth session scheduled to take place in Vienna in December. The Board comprises 53 countries out of the 173 UNIDO Member States.

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