The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative, Mozambique, Mr. Jesper Morch
When I joined the UN Country Team in Viet Nam as UNICEF Representative, I immediately started working with Dida Connor, who as WHO Spokesperson and Communications Officer was centrally involved in all communication matters to do with the avian influenza H5N1 outbreaks in Viet Nam. Her work was nothing short of outstanding and a tremendous asset to the joint programme on avian and human flu established by the Government of Viet Nam and the United Nations. When I was acting Resident Coordinator of the United Nations, I came to work with Ms. Connor even more closely during that year. This was the time when the One UN initiative was designed and rolled out in Viet Nam with the intention to make the work of the United Nations more relevant, more coherent and more strategic. Ms. Connor contributed significantly to the concepts and building blocks that became the One UN initiative and provided leadership and communication coordination during the official visit to Viet Nam of then UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. Her communication credentials are impeccable, she is an enormously talented and competent professional with a wonderful personality, she is a joy to work with and is both an excellent team player and an excellent team leader. I would consider it a privilege to have Ms. Connor on my team again sometime, somewhere. She has my warmest and unreserved commendation.