UNICEF Regional Director visits Kyrgyzstan
BISHKEK/GENEVA, 15 November, 2012 — UNICEF Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of the Independent States, Marie-Pierre Poirier, embarked on an official visit to the Kyrgyz Republic.
She met the Prime Minister Jontoro Satybaldiev, Speaker of the Parliament Asylbek Jeenbekov, the heads of UN agencies and partners within the donor community and nongovernmental sector.
It was the first visit of Ms. Poirier to Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia and it followed the endorsement of a new joint Government - UNICEF Country Programme for 2012-2016.
On 8 November, the UNICEF Regional Director travelled to Osh Province. She met partners in the Maternity House of Kara Suu, visited preschool class children at Altybaev (former Tolstoi) School, and a day-care Buchur Child Protection Centre which supports children with disabilities and their parents.
On 9 November, she opened a Youth Center in Maevka village which was the 21st center established in Kyrgyzstan since 2010 to provide young people with opportunities to learn and improve their livelihood. She also visited a Child Support Center in Bishkek opened last year to help children whose right to a safe childhood has been violated.
Following the week’s official meetings, Ms. Poirier then held a regional management team consultation on 12-15 November in Bishkek which comprises more than forty UNICEF management staff from the 22 countries in CEE/CIS Region and the Regional Office.
Marie-Pierre Poirier has been the UNICEF Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of the Independent States since 1 February 2012. Based in Geneva, she leads UNICEF’s work in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
Prior to this, Ms. Poirier brings to the position 20 years’ experience in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America in the development and management of rights-based Country Programmes of Cooperation crafted and implemented with governments, civil society and the private sector.