PORT MORESBY, 12 MARCH 2019 – UNICEF today formally announced the engagement of the current Miss PNG and Miss Pacific Islands, 19-year-old Leoshina Kariha, as a Youth Advocate to support UNICEF’s advocacy work with young people.
This is the first time the UNICEF country office in Papua New Guinea is formally engaging a young Papua New Guinean to join a growing list of well-known and highly respected personalities throughout the world from sports, music, performing and films arts and many other specialized fields who play an important advocacy role in support of UNICEF’s work.
Miss Kariha’s engagement was announced by the UNICEF Regional Director for East Asia and the Pacific, Ms. Karin Hulshof who is currently visiting Papua New Guinea.
“Leoshina represents a positive role model for young people in particular. Her genuine interest in issues of human rights, empowerment of women to contribute towards nation building on equal footing with men, and quality education for all makes her a great advocate for UNICEF,” said Ms. Hulshof at a reception where she made the announcement.
As a Youth Advocate for the country, Leoshina will support UNICEF’s advocacy and programme efforts in communicating to a broad public, young people, the vision and values that guide UNICEF’s work for children and promote public awareness of the rights of children, women and young people.
“I am very pleased to welcome Leoshina to the UNICEF PNG team and we look forward to working very closely with her in our programmes and efforts to promote and support work that will ensure that the children of Papua New Guinea are an urgent priority,” Ms. Hulshof added.
As a Youth Advocate for UNICEF PNG, Miss Kariha is one of two young people who will also represent the youth of Papua New Guinea at the 8th Annual Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum in New York, USA early next month.
The ECOSOC Youth Forum is a key platform that offers a unique opportunity for young people to
contribute to policy discussions at the United Nations. This platform allows young people to voice their opinions, share ideas and think together about what they can do to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as how to address challenges they face as youth and the contributions they can make to achieve the youth specific Sustainable Development Goals.
Within the theme of Empowered, Included and Equal, Ms. Kariha will join other youth from around the world to participate and contribute to discussions on issues central to their livelihoods, empowerment, wellbeing and economic and social rights.
Miss Kariha entered the Miss Madang pageant as Miss Diwai Entreprises in early 2018 to support the Madang Rotary Club in its fundraising efforts to help renovate the Modilon Hospital Kitchen.
Following that, Miss Kariha entered the Miss PNG pageant as Miss Madang 2018 and went on to win the Miss PNG and Miss Pacific Island titles (2018 – 2019).
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children in Papua New Guinea, visit https://www.unicef.org/png/