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UNICEF's new Regional Director welcomed in Kathmandu

© UNICEF Nepal/2012
UNICEF country representative Ms. Hanaa Singer welcoming the new regional director with garlands and Khada

UNICEF Nepal welcomed the Nepali New Year 2069 and the new ROSA Regional Director at a function in UN House in Kathmandu on Thursday. Ms. Karin Hulshof who started her tenure as the new Regional Director at UNICEF ROSA from April, was earlier the Representative in UNICEF India.

The Staff Association accorded Ms. Hulshof a special traditional welcome, greeting her with garlands and khadas, and a special sagun ceremony of the Newari culture where the guest is 'worshipped'.

Welcoming the new Regional Director, UNICEF Nepal Representative Ms. Hanaa Singer urged her to explore Nepal. "Please take some time to travel across this beautiful country, which is actually like many countries within a country, with multi ethnic, multi lingual, multi cultural diversity, and with beautiful, hardworking and resilient people!"

© UNICEF Nepal/2012
Ms. Karin Hulshof washing her hands before the initiaiton of the special 'sagun' ritual by UNICEF Nepal staff association.

Speaking on the occasion Ms. Hulshof expressed her gratitude for the traditional welcome and said, "While I am still new in the job, I know I would definitely like to see more multi-country programming in the region, and also in promoting more staff exchange between the country offices and ROSA."

Speaking about her emphasis for the upcoming days, Ms. Hulshof laid stress on striving for innovation, efficiency and effectiveness while programming to get results for children.

"I do not believe in short cuts. We should go for long haul programmes and not short term pet projects," she said, "And most importantly, with tips from the business world that we have partnered with, I have learnt that we should keep asking ourselves, whether we are cost effective, whether what we are doing is scalable, and whether we are innovative. We should be taking risks to be innovative. Taking risks is something we have to encourage, and not something one is penalized for."



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