New UNICEF Representative to Cambodia
© UNICEF Cambodia/2012/B. Khoy
UNICEF Representative to Cambodia Ms. Rana Flowers (left) on Monday, 13 August 2012 presented her credentials to H.E Ouch Borith, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation
Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA, 13 August 2012 - New UNICEF Representative to Cambodia, Ms. Rana Flowers today presented her letter of accreditation to H.E Ouch Borith, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation.
On behalf of the Royal Government of Cambodia, H.E Ouch Borith, acknowledged the close and longstanding relationship between UNICEF and the government, describing the UN children’s agency as a “trusted partner” through difficult times to the present.
Following the meeting, Ms. Flowers said, "I am delighted to have this opportunity to serve the women and children of Cambodia and to work for the fulfillment of their rights. I particularly look forward to continuing UNICEF’s close collaboration and cooperation with the Royal Government of Cambodia and other partners, to build on the successes in reducing child and maternal mortality and enhancing access to education for all.”
Ms. Flowers noted that, “Cambodia’s impressive achievements to date on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and improved national figures are an indication of what strong government commitment, increased government investment and ownership for development can achieve with partner collaboration.”
“Ongoing support to progressive implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child will remain a priority,” said Ms. Flowers “I dedicate myself and UNICEF, as an energetic and dynamic partner, to support the government to improve the access and quality of services at sub-national levels; to keep children protected from disease through improved nutrition and sanitation, and keep children safely within their families and away from institutional settings” she added.
Prior to this assignment Ms. Flowers served as UNICEF Representative in Mongolia (August 2009 - June 2012). Under her leadership, Mongolian children and women were reached with life-saving support during the worst winter in 50 years in 2009 / 2010; and received essential health services in isolated areas through the "Reach Every District" strategy (RED). The strategy was evaluated as successfully removing barriers to the delivery of services through trained district health teams.
As UNICEF Representative in the Central American country of Belize (August 2005 to July 2009) Ms. Flowers worked to address significant threats to the achievement of Millennium Goals (MDGs) from child poverty and survival issues, poor quality education, the highest HIV prevalence in Central America, and high levels of violence and exclusion of young people. Committed to human rights and to the achievement of concrete results for women and children, Ms. Flowers applied her expertise and fundraising skills to inspire an approach at UNICEF that supported the most excluded and vulnerable populations in particular.
Ms. Flowers first joined UNICEF in 1994 as a consultant and then served in the Planning/Evaluation and Communication Divisions in New York and in UNICEF’s Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean. She came to UNICEF with over 10 years of experience working on child development and rights issues in Australia and Britain including reforming legislation, policy implementation and encouraging investment in community care and support for children and adolescents with disabilities and developmental challenges.
A national of Australia, Ms. Flowers holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work (Advanced) and a Bachelor of Arts Degree with majors in Psychology and Education. She is married and has two children.
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UNICEF works in 190 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. For more information about UNICEF and its work in Cambodia visit: www.unicef.org.kh
For further information, please contact:
Denise Shepherd-Johnson, Chief of Communication, UNICEF Cambodia. Mobile: + 855 12 810 536, firstname.lastname@example.org
KHOY Bona, Communication Officer, UNICEF Cambodia. Mobile: + 855 12 229 232, email@example.com
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