Suva, Fiji - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Deputy Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Ms Ligia Elizondo, arrived in Fiji today having just visited the Solomon Islands. During her visit here, Ms Elizondo will discuss important UNDP development projects including work that is being done to attain the Millennium Development Goals.

UNDP’s programme in Fiji includes Poverty Reduction and the attainment of the MDGs, Good Governance and Human Rights, Crisis Prevention and Recovery and Environment and Sustainable Management.

During her three-day visit, Ms Elizondo will meet with senior officials from Government, development partners, NGOs and the UN.

Part of her visit too will include travelling to Biausevu village in the Korolevuwai district in Nadroga on Saturday morning to see the community forest biodiversity conservation and eco-tourism project, supported by UNDP, the Global Environment Facility and the Small Grants Programme. The major issue affecting this village is the introduction of logging to the area above the Savanamateya Waterfall resulting in significant changes in the water quality of the waterfall and stream due to sitting from erosion as well as the threat to flooding to the low lying areas.

Background information
Prior to assuming her current role, Ms Elizondo was Director of the Operations Support Group in the Executive Office from 2006 and Deputy Assistant Administrator/ Deputy Director of the Partnerships Bureau (formerly BRSP) from 2004 to 2006. 

Ms Elizondo began her career with UNDP in 1992 as a Programme Manager in the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, a position she held for three years and then served as Resident Coordinator/ Resident Representative in Panama and Costa Rica.  Prior to joining UNDP, she worked for the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce and the Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform in Nicaragua.  Ms Elizondo also served in the Economic Planning Secretariat as Vice-Minister and Economic Adviser to the President of the Republic of Nicaragua. 

Ms Elizondo holds an MPA from the Harvard Business School and a MSc. from the London School of Economics

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