PODGORICA, 28 JULY 2017 – Osama Makkawi Khogali today begins his tenure as UNICEF’s third Representative to Montenegro since the country regained independence in 2006. After Noala Skinner and Benjamin Perks as UNICEF Representatives to Montenegro, under the leadership of Osama Khogali UNICEF continues to support positive, sustainable changes for every child in Montenegro.
I am excited to be leading UNICEF in Montenegro in the coming years. I look forward to working with all the partners to advance children’s rights in this country. We will continue advocating for all children, particularly those who are most in need: children with disabilities, children without parental care, those living in poverty and in contact with the law.
Mr. Khogali brings 25 years of international experience. Before coming to Montenegro, Mr. Khogali was UNICEF Representative for Oman Country Office, Deputy Representative for UNICEF in Iraq, Regional Emergency Specialist for UNICEF Middle East & North Africa Regional Office, Principal Emergency Coordinator for UNICEF in Pakistan, etc. As a Sudanese national, Mr. Khogali joined UNICEF in Sudan in 1992. He holds a Master Degree in Economics.
Osama Makkawi Khogali was appointed by UNICEF Executive Director Antony Lake, following consultations with the Government of Montenegro. “UNICEF will continue to work in partnership with the national and local authorities, civil society, media, private sector, international community, children and parents, to provide every child with a happy, healthy and safe childhood and opportunities to fulfil his/her potentials,” Mr. Khogali pointed out.
In Montenegro, UNICEF’s focus is on addressing root causes of inequality in achieving child rights, especially with regards to children affected by poverty, adversity and exclusion. UNICEF’s programme interventions and innovations support ongoing reforms to ensure that they are in line with the global knowledge and science on child development. In particular, UNICEF’s agenda for children in Montenegro is focused on early childhood development to ensure the best start in life to every child; social and child protection and quality education to provide every child with the knowledge, skills and opportunities to grow up into a happy, productive and responsible citizen of the 21st century.