The United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Zambia, Ms. Janet Rogan, on 29 April 2014 presented her credentials to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon Mr Harry Kalaba MP.
During a brief ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Rogan commended Zambia for its exemplary role in the family of nations, fully in the spirit of the words of the UN Charter, promoting unity among all Zambians and living in peace over the 50 years since the country joined the United Nations as an independent state.
“You (Zambia) have long been, and continue to be, a generous haven for those fleeing violent conflict. You are now taking an innovative and people-centred approach to the sustainable integration of former refugees in Zambia, which may serve as a shining example to others,” said Ms. Rogan.
Ms. Rogan congratulated Zambia on assuming Chairmanship of the United Nations Land Locked Developing Countries group.
She applauded the key role Zambia has played to date in the Post-2015 Dialogue, leading debate on the future direction of Sustainable Development and pressing globally for a bold and inspiring Post-2015 Development Agenda aimed at achieving fair socio-economic development, promoting democracy and protecting and preserving the rights of all people.
Ms. Rogan reaffirmed the UN’s commitment to support Zambia’s own sustainable development priorities, including reducing poverty, equitable access to health and other services, and respect for the rule of law and human rights according to the Universal Declaration.
She expressed her personal commitment to supporting Zambia’s aims for women and youth, particularly the girl child and adolescents.
Before her appointment, Ms. Rogan served in Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service for over 20 years.
In her previous assignment, she was Senior Strategy Adviser to the Director for Defence and International Security at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), UK. She also served FCO’s Deputy Director for Finance.
She held the post of Consul General and Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel (2005-2008) prior to which she undertook language training in Hebrew. From 2003-2004 she was seconded to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Basra, Iraq (then Baghdad). She was the UK’s Political Adviser to the NATO Supreme Allied Commander for Europe from 2001-2003 and from 1998-2001.
Ms. Rogan began her career in 1986 with FCO in the UK as Desk Officer for Zambia and Malawi.