|Lotta Sylwander, Representative of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Viet Nam.— VNA/VNS Photo
HA NOI (VNS)— Lotta Sylwander, Representative of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Viet Nam, has been awarded the "For Peace and Friendship among Nations" commendation for her humanitarian work.
President of the Viet Nam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) Vu Xuan Hong presented the award to the UNICEF Chief Representative in Ha Noi yesterday.
With her 20 years of experience, Lotta Sylwander has led UNICEF in Viet Nam to focus on issues such as child protection, social sponsoring, the disabled and ethnic minority groups.
She has also actively taken part in high-ranking exchanges and meetings with the Vietnamese Government, multilateral and bilateral partners, and other non-governmental organisations to promote children's rights and social policies for them.
Over the past three years, as Chief Representative of UNICEF in Viet Nam, she has teamed with various ministries to establish policies and laws on protecting local children, as well as improving the legal framework on adoption.
Addressing the ceremony, Hong thanked Lotta Sylwander for her efforts and contributions in working to reduce poverty in Viet Nam and assisting in the country's development.
Sylwander said she was honoured to receive the award and, further, said she would continue supporting Viet Nam's development and humanitarian work. — VNS