Ms. Yukie Mokuo began her mission in Lebanon as UNICEF Representative in July 2019. In her role, she advocates the protection of the Rights of Children guided by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. By leading the UNICEF Country Programme Cooperation with the Government of Lebanon, she coordinates policy advice, technical assistance and knowledge management for the enhancement of the survival, protection, development and participation of children, youth and women in national development efforts, through a broad range of partnership with the Government, Parliament, civil society and private sector organisations. The area of her work also extends to humanitarian action in the time of natural and manmade disasters.
Prior to her appointment as UNICEF Representative in Lebanon, she served as the UNICEF Representative in the Kyrgyz Republic. Ms. Yukie Mokuo served as the UNICEF Representative in Ukraine from July 2009 to July 2014. From January 2005 to July 2008, Ms. Mokuo served as the UNICEF Representative in Tajikistan, and from September 2001 to December 2004, she served as the UNICEF Assistant Representative in Tajikistan.
Ms. Mokuo joined UNICEF in February 1995 as an Assistant Programme Officer in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. In 1997 she was appointed as a Head of Sub-Office in Pristina, Kosovo and subsequently reassigned to Podjorica, Montenegro as a Head of Sub-Office in December 1999, and served in this position till August 2001.
Prior to joining UNICEF, Ms. Mokuo served as Regional Development Planning Assistant with an Urban Development consulting firm in Japan from April 1983 to August 1987. From September 1987 to July 1990, she worked as Town Planner with Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteer’s in the Ministry of Urban Development in Fiji. From May to July 1991, Ms. Mokuo worked as a Refugee Programme Field Officer in Turkey with the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Ms. Mokuo is a national of Japan. She graduated in 1983 with a Bachelor’s degree in Home Economics from Japan Women’s University. In 1995 she earned her Master’s degree in Regional Planning from Cornell University in the United States. She is married with one daughter.