Rie Vejs-Kjeldgaard, former director of International Labour Organization (ILO) Country Office for Viet Nam, was awarded a Friendship Medal by Mme Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, Vice Chairperson of Viet Nam’s National Assembly on 9 December 2011 in Hanoi.
As representative of ILO, the most important partner for the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, Rie Vejs-Kjeldgaard made considerable contributions that led to the success of ILO in Viet Nam. She was the one who established the National Decent Work Country Programme and she was also a key member of One UN Viet Nam in formulating One UN Plan. Since her presence in Viet Nam, the tripartite cooperation has reached to a new level of cooperation, with increasing number of projects being implemented at provincial level and having expanded all over the country.
Presented at the ceremony, Mme Pham Thi Hai Chuyen, Minister of Invalids and Social Affairs said: “The Friendship Medal that Rie Vejs – Kjeldgaard received is the recognition of the Vietnamese People and Government to the missions and achievements of ILO in the area of labour and social affairs in Viet Nam. We hope the cooperation between Viet Nam and ILO continues to be promoted further”.
Rie Vejs-Kjeldgaard begun her duty in Viet Nam in 2008. In November 2011, she moved back to Geneva, Switzerland to undertake the position of Special Initiative Coordinator for Knowledge Management at ILO Headquarter.