New UNICEF Representative arrives in Myanmar
YANGON, 05 June 2006 – UNICEF’s new Representative in Myanmar, Ramesh Shrestha of Nepal, arrived in Yangon this morning.
On his first day in Myanmar, Mr. Shrestha pledged to put children’s needs at the forefront of UNICEF’s work in the country.
“I am honored to be joining UNICEF’s team in Myanmar, and look forward to contributing to the vital work it is doing to protect the health, lives and wellbeing of the nation’s children,” said Mr. Shrestha.
“I am particularly enthusiastic about working with all of our partners in Myanmar in our joint endeavor to change children’s lives for the better.”
Mr. Shrestha has worked for UNICEF over the past 24 years, and most recently served as UNICEF Representative in Yemen.
Between 1997 and 2000, Mr. Shrestha was responsible for the management of UNICEF’s northern Iraq office, where he oversaw the implementation of a full range of health, nutrition, water, sanitation and education projects.
With a doctorate in nutrition and masters degree in public health, Mr. Shrestha brings a wealth of experience to his new post.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) establishes that children have the right to survival, development, education and protection. Myanmar ratified the CRC in 1991.
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