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UNICEF has a new Representative in Mozambique

Mr. Jesper Morch

Maputo, 3 October 2010 – Mr. Jesper Morch began his tenure this week as UNICEF Representative in Mozambique, bringing more than 20 years of international experience in the planning, coordination and implementation of a broad range of programmes to improve the wellbeing of children and women.

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Morch served five years as UNICEF Representative in Viet Nam, during which engagement he led the implementation of a major reform of the United Nations – known as the Delivering as One initiative – aimed at enhancing the efficiency of the aid administration and its core principle of government ownership.

Throughout his career Mr. Morch has been a strong advocate for child rights, poverty eradication, better delivery in development and the Millennium Development Goals.

“I am excited to be joining UNICEF in Mozambique at a crucial stage in the country’s development, with only five years left before the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals,” he remarked on his first day in the office. “I look forward to working with the Government and our many development partners to advance children’s rights.”

Mr. Morch joined UNICEF in 1988 as Education Officer in Geneva, Switzerland. In 1994, he transferred to Indonesia as Programme Coordinator. From 1998 to 2005, he served as UNICEF Representative in South Africa as well as Somalia.

He holds a Master of Arts in History as well as degrees in Education and Spanish.

Mr. Morch is a national of Denmark. He is married and has three children.

For more information, please contact:

Thierry Delvigne-Jean, UNICEF, Tel: +258 21 481 121; Email:

Gabriel Pereira, UNICEF, Tel: +258 21 481 181; E-mail:



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