New UNICEF Representative to the Kyrgyz Republic arrives in the country

29 April 2024
portrait of Samman Jung Thapa
Danil Usmanov / UNICEF Kyrgyzstan

Today, Mr. Samman Jung Thapa, the new UNICEF Representative to Kyrgyzstan, presented his accreditation letter to the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic Mr. Asein Isaev. Mr. Thapa brings with him a wealth of experience and expertise in social policy, child rights, and international development.

As the new UNICEF Representative, Mr. Thapa will contribute to advancing children’s rights to protection, development, and wellbeing as established by the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Providing leadership and vision, he will continue to strengthen UNICEF’s partnership with the Government, the international community, civil society, and the private sector to ensure that children in Kyrgyzstan will have all the support needed to thrive.

"UNICEF’s work is driven by the best interests of the child. I’m pleased that this approach is a shared priority of most of our partners in Kyrgyzstan, especially the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic. We will continue to work together in many areas including education, immunisation, child protection, social protection and many others," said Samman Jung Thapa, UNICEF Representative to Kyrgyzstan.

Before assuming his current position, Mr. Thapa served as the UNICEF Regional Adviser for Social Policy and Social Protection providing technical leadership covering 20 countries in the Middle East and North Africa region based in Amman, Jordan.

Mr. Thapa has 16 years of experience with UNICEF in Asia and the Middle East and North Africa. His work has encompassed poverty analysis, strengthening data and social protection systems, humanitarian response, and financing of the social sectors.

Mr. Samman Jung Thapa holds a Master of Arts degree in International Economics and International Development from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Webster University.

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Kairatbek Murzakimov
Communications, Advocacy and Partnerships Officer
UNICEF Kyrgyzstan


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