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UNICEF Country Representative presented credentials to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation

Dili, Timor-Leste, 10th October 2017:  Valérie Taton, the incoming Representative of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Timor-Leste, presented her credentials today to Aurelio Sergio Cristovão Guterres, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation at his office.

In welcoming the new UNICEF Representative, Minister Aurelio Sergio Cristovão Guterres expressed his appreciation for the strong cooperation and partnership between the Government of Timor-Leste and UNICEF.

“It is an honour and privilege to serve children and their families in Timor-Leste,” said Valérie Taton, while meeting the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. “As a young nation, Timor-Leste has made remarkable progress in improving the lives of children. In partnership with the government and civil society, including private sector we will work to build on the collective progress made to advance child rights, child health and nutrition, Early Childhood Development and increasing access to quality education, and providing protection services to children.”

“As UNICEF Representative, I look forward to working closely with the Government of Timor-Leste, and with a wide range of partners and stakeholders, to deliver sustainable and positive change for children and families,” she added.

Prior to joining UNICEF Timor-Leste, Valérie Taton served as Deputy Representative with UNICEF in Thailand, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Madagascar and Rwanda, as well as in child protection in Cambodia. She has also worked for UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights supporting the Committee on the Rights of Child.
A national of Belgium, Valérie Taton holds a Master’s Degree in Law, with a specialization in International Law. She has a wealth of experience in the field of child rights and child protection, as well as programme planning, coordination, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
UNICEF, in partnership with the Government of Timor-Leste and other stakeholders, is working to realize the rights of every child to early childhood development, health and nutrition, safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, education, protection and participation.


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.
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