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UNICEF Pacific representative presentation of credentials today with chief secrteary for foreign affairs

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Sheldon Yett, presenting his credentials to the Chief Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Va'inga Tone.

NUKU’ALOFA, TONGA. 25 October 2016 – The recently appointed UNICEF Representative for the Pacific Island Countries, Mr. Sheldon Yett, today presented his credentials to the Chief Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Va'inga Tone. 

Mr. Yett said of his new appointment, “It is an honor and a privilege to be here, and I thank the Government of Tonga for your hospitality and warmest welcome here. I look forward to working with governments, communities and partners in the region and strengthening partnerships to advance the rights of children here in Tonga.”  

Mr. Yett, is the newly accredited Representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund to the Pacific island countries of the Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Mr. Yett presented his credentials this morning to the Chief Secretary for Foreign Affairs. In the coming months, Mr. Yett will be travelling to other countries in the Pacific region to present his credentials and meet with government officials, key partners and stakeholders.   

Chief Secretary Mr. Tone said, “On behalf of the Government of Tonga, we look forward to working more closely with UNICEF for the children of Tonga and the Pacific in the coming years.”

Mr. Yett arrived in Tonga on Saturday and has been warmly received by the Government and people of Tonga. Mr. Yett’s first visit to the Kingdom of Tonga was initiated with a special church service held on Sunday at the Centenary Church of the Free Wesleyan Church (FWC) of Tonga here in Nuku’alofa. The President of FWC, Reverend Dr. ‘Ahio said in his remarks how much the work of the United Nations was appreciated for the people of Tonga and welcomed Mr. Yett to the Kingdom of Tonga. The official service was also attended by His Majesty King Tupou VI and Her Majesty Queen Nanasipau'u, high level government officials, members of the diplomatic corp, development partners.  Mr. Yett was also in attendance for UN Day on Monday 24th October as well as the launch of Cyber Safety week by Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni, members of cabinet, Nobles of the realm, Cardinal Mafi and members of the clergy, members of the diplomatic corp and development partners, Chief Executives and young people. Mr. Yett brings extensive experience to UNICEF Pacific, most recently serving as the UNICEF Representative to Liberia from 2013 – 2016 where he led UNICEF’s response to the deadly Ebola outbreak.  Mr. Sheldon Yett replaces Dr Karen Allen who held the position from 2013 -2016.

For more information, please contact: 

Vika Waradi, Communication Officer on phone (676) 7715892 or email 


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