SKOPJE, 9 October 2019: Ms. Patrizia Di Giovanni, the incoming UNICEF Representative, today presented her credentials to the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Andrej Zhernovski.
In welcoming the new UNICEF Representative, Deputy Minister Zhernovski expressed his appreciation for the good cooperation between the Government and UNICEF in the country. He underlined the importance of the current country programme and looked forward to the ongoing collaboration for children through a new country programme (2020-2025).
Ms. Di Giovanni commended the Minister for the county’s recent achievements for children. She particularly noted the new law on primary education, the comprehensive reform of the country’s social protection system, the progress in fulfilling the Government pledge to end the placement of children in large scale institutions and cross-sectoral reforms to ensure inclusion of children with disabilities. She reaffirmed UNICEF’s commitment to continue to support the country in the reforms to advance and protect the rights and well-being of children in North Macedonia.
Ms. Patrizia Di Giovanni has served with UNICEF in Kenya, Ethiopia, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, India and Philippines. Before taking up her new post as UNICEF Representative in North Macedonia, she served as the Deputy Representative in Kenya. She brings over 25 years of experience working with partners to protect children from the harmful effects of poverty, adversity and exclusion. As an Australian national, Ms. Di Giovanni joined UNICEF in 1996. She holds a master’s degree in International Law and Human Rights, from the University of New South Wales, a bachelor’s degree in Social Science from the University of Western Sydney and an Associate Diploma in Community Studies (Youth Work) from the Milperra College of Advance Education, Sydney.
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