Lotta Sylwander, Chief Representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Vietnam, has been awarded the “For Peace and Friendship among Nations” insignia for her contributions to the country’s humanitarian work and development.

President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) Vu Xuan Hong presented the reward to the UNICEF Chief Representative in Hanoi on March 3.

With her 20-year working experience, Lotta Sylwander has led the UNICEF in Vietnam to focus on issues related to child protection, social sponsoring, the disabled and ethnic minority groups.

She has also actively took part in high-ranking exchanges and meetings with the Vietnamese Government, multilateral and bilateral partners, and other non-governmental organisations on promoting children’s rights and social policies for them.

Over the past three years, as the Chief Representative of UNICEF in Vietnam, she has teamed up with relevant ministries to make policies and laws on protecting local children as well as enhance legal frameworks on adoption.

Addressing the ceremony, VUFO President Hong thanked Lotta Sylwander for her efforts and contributions to Vietnam’s poverty reduction and development.

The UNICEF official expressed her great honour to receive the award and further said she will continue backing Vietnam’s development and humanitarian work in any capacity.-VNA