New UNICEF Representative takes up duties in Liberia
Monrovia, Liberia, 20 October 2009 – Newly appointed UNICEF country representative Isabel Crowley has officially taken up her duties in Liberia today by presenting her credentials to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Olubanke King-Akerele.
"As Liberia negotiates this crucial transition period in its history, UNICEF’s role will be to encourage the position of children on the top national agenda," said Crowley.
"While there has been great improvement since the end of the conflict, the future of the country depends on ensuring that all Liberian children are given access to school, good health care and a protective environment."
As head of the UNICEF office in Liberia, Ms. Crowley leads a team of over 70 staff members implementing the programme of cooperation with the Government of Liberia to reduce child mortality; increase school enrolment rates and quality of primary education; and create a safer place for children to grow and live.
Her first order of business will be to visit the villages and towns where UNICEF is helping to run programmes to help children.
"Liberia is a beautiful country, with abundant natural resources and people who are working hard to come back from a difficult time," added Ms. Crowley.
"I feel very fortunate to be here and I am eager to meet as many people and see as much as I can."
In her prior position in UNICEF headquarters, Ms. Crowley worked closely with donor governments to ensure that the international community investments in children reached the neediest countries.
In addition to overseeing UNICEF programmes, she will also put her experience to good use on behalf of Liberia’s children.
Isabel Crowley is replacing Rozanne Chorlton who completed her term in Liberia last June.
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