Newly appointed UNICEF Country Representative, Dr. Ghassan Khalil, welcomed by Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Dr. Ghassan Khalil presented his credentials to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as UNICEF Representative in Greece.
ATHENS, 12 June 2022 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Country Office in Greece is pleased to announce that Dr. Ghassan Khalil was welcomed by Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs and presented his credentials to the Head of the Protocol Department, H.E. Ambassador Aglaia Balta, on Friday 9th of June.
“I am deeply honored to present my diplomatic credentials to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as UNICEF Representative in Greece. I am certain that the solid foundation that has already been laid for the advancement of child rights in the country through the joint efforts of the Greek State and UNICEF, will serve as a springboard for achieving at-scale results for children and youth across the nation. I look forward to working with all sectors of society to further advance the child rights agenda in Greece” Dr. Khalil noted.
Dr. Ghassan Khalil has held a series of senior positions within UNICEF, dedicating his efforts for more than 25 years to promoting children’s rights, women’s and human rights, through robust legal reform, transformative social policies, educational reforms and cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue.
Before coming to Greece, he was the UNICEF Representative in Georgia. And prior to that he served as the Senior Advisor to UNICEF Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa and the Special
Representative of UNICEF for Libya. In Lebanon, his home country, Dr. Khalil served as legal advisor to the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Secretary-General of the Higher Council for Childhood and was elected Chairperson of the Higher Committee for Child Affairs in the League of Arab States in 1997. His career includes also being a professor of Law and a professor of strategic management and leadership in several academic institutions in many countries. Throughout his career, he has been granted numerous awards for his achievements, including four honorable doctorate degrees from State Universities, besides his doctorate degree in International Law from Paris Sorbonne University.
Dr. Khalil moved to Greece accompanied by his wife with whom he has three children.
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child around the world. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, and all children, everywhere.
UNICEF is financed exclusively by voluntary contributions from individuals, the private sector, foundations and UN member states, including the EU. Donor support is crucial as we create a global alliance for reaching every child without any exception.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children in Greece, visit the UNICEF Greece website here.