UNICEF’s Regional Ambassador for the Pacific Island Countries
UNICEF Pacific announces engagement of former Miss South Pacific, Merewalesi Nailatikau as Regional Ambassador
Suva, Fiji, 2 March 2011 -- A young Pacific islander, has for the very first time, been appointed as a UNICEF Regional Ambassador to help promote UNICEF’s in the Pacific Island Countries (PICs).
Former Miss South Pacific in 2010 and youth activist, 26-year-old Merewalesi Nailatikau was formally appointed by UNICEF Pacific on 26 February during the launch of one of UNICEF’s flagship publication ‘The State of the World’s Children Report 2011’.
“Mere represents a positive role model for young people. Her genuine interest in issues that concern UNICEF and her active involvement already in some of these causes will add to making her a great ambassador for the Pacific,” said UNICEF Representative, Dr. Isiye Ndombi.
Mere now joins a growing global list of well known and highly respected personalities throughout the world play an important advocacy role in helping promote UNICEF’s work.
Through UNICEF’s regional reach in the Pacific, Mere will be offered unique access to young people to help promote UNICEF’s messages. As a Regional Ambassador for the Pacific, Mere will play an extremely important role in greatly enhancing UNICEF’s work in its advocacy and programme efforts in communicating to a broad public, young people in particular, the vision and values that guide UNICEF’s work and further promote public awareness of the rights and issues of children, women and young people.
Mere is an active advocate for young people and has spearheaded many youth related initiates and campaigns. Among her many work is her keen involvement in climate change campaigns. She is also a trained presented for The Climate Project – a leadership programme focused on gathering concerned individuals of various backgrounds from around the globe and building their capacities to conduct climate change awareness presentations and contribute solutions by exchanging ideas and information.
She is also actively involved in the White Ribbon Safe Motherhood initiative promoting awareness particularly among young people of safe motherhood practices during and after pregnancy.
“I am very pleased to welcome Mere to the UNICEF Pacific team and we look forward to working very closely with her in our programs and efforts to promote UNICEF’s work that will ensure children in the Pacific are an urgent priority,” Dr. Ndombi said.
UNICEF is present in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.