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UNICEF Iran welcomes new Representative

TEHRAN, 17th January 2006. UNICEF’s new representative for the Islamic Republic of Iran has arrived in Tehran. Christian Salazar Volkmann, a German citizen, arrived at the end of December and started taking up his duties immediately.

“It is a privilege to be in Iran for UNICEF to work on children and women’s rights,” said Mr Salazar Volkman. “As a UN agency, UNICEF is also here to support the Millennium Development Goals on disparity reduction. The fact that Iran has such an abundance of educated people makes my job even easier.”

Mr Salazar Volkmann comes to Iran from UNICEF Vietnam, where he served as Senior Programme Officer, responsible for the overall coordination, planning, development and management of the country programme. He has worked for UNICEF programmes in Guatemala and for the German National Committee for UNICEF. With a PhD in Development Policy and extensive experience in children’s and adolescents’ rights, Mr. Salazar Volkmann brings a wealth of expertise to his position in Iran.

Mr Salazar Volkmann has already met the Foreign Minister, Mr Manuchehr Motaki and other top officials. After handing over his credentials, the two men discussed UNICEF’s Programme of Cooperation with the Iranian Government. They also spoke about future ways of closer cooperation, Iran’s implementation of the MDGs and the monitoring of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Mr Salazar Volkmann is married with four children.



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