UNICEF Representative to Myanmar

June Kunugi

Ms. June Kunugi is the UNICEF Representative appointed to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar since September, 2017.

Prior to this appointment, Ms. Kunugi served as UNICEF Special Representative in the State of Palestine, responsible for managing programmes and operations covering humanitarian, development, and normative areas of activity for UNICEF.  She oversaw an office of over 80 staff in four locations: East Jerusalem, Gaza, Nablus, and Hebron. 

Before this, Ms. Kunugi was Deputy Director of UNICEF’s Public-Sector Alliances and Resource Mobilization Office (PARMO) in New York headquarters, where she worked on public sector funding strategies, policies and partnerships.  She was also PARMO Director a.i. for nine months, overseeing three offices in New York, Brussels and Tokyo.

From February 2009 to April 2010, she was Director of UNICEF Tokyo Office, in charge of public sector alliances and resource mobilization in Japan and the Republic of Korea.

She served as UNICEF Representative to Bosnia and Herzegovina from December 2006 to February 2009.  She was Representative to Oman from June 2003 to December 2006, as well as Area Representative a.i. for the Gulf countries of Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates from September 2004 to December 2006. 

From June 2000 to June 2003, Ms. Kunugi was an Executive Officer in the Office of the Executive Director, at UNICEF New York Headquarters, working with the Deputy Executive Director (External Affairs). She was part of the team that organized the 2002 Special Session of the UN General Assembly on Children.

She joined UNICEF in 1991 as a consultant with the Division of Public Affairs in New York headquarters. In 1993 she went to UNICEF Viet Nam as an Assistant Information & Communication Officer under the Junior Professional Officer programme sponsored by the Government of Japan.  She was appointed to UNICEF Bangladesh in 1996, where she was first Information Officer and then Chief of Information and Advocacy.