New UNICEF Representative presents Credential Letter to Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation

01 April 2021
New UNICEF Representative presents Credential Letter to Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation
UNICEF Timor-Leste/2021/Ratnam

DILI, Timor-Leste, 1 April 2021. Newly appointed UNICEF Representative in Timor-Leste, (Mr.) Bilal Aurang Zeb Durrani, presented his letter of accreditation to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, H.E. Adaljiza Albertina Xavier Reis Magno at a ceremony held at the Ministry today. 

“It is a great priviledge and honour to serve the children and their families of the Democractic Republic of Timor-Leste. I am looking forward to further deeeping and strenghthening UNICEF’s long-lasting partnership with the Government of Timor-Leste, and to working together to improve the wellbeing of children and their families in the country,” said Bilal Aurang Zeb Durrani, the new UNICEF Representative in Timor-Leste, during the ceremony. 

Mr. Durarani congratulated the Government of Timor-Leste for the progress made toward the goal of full realization of all rights for every child since the country restored independence, and for its leadership in responding effectively to the COVID-19 pandemic since the past year.  

“While significant progress has been made for the children and young people of Timor-Leste, a lot more needs to be done to ensure they realize their right to quality education, protection, healthcare, social services, and access to meaningful participation in decision making. As we plan and implement response and recovery programmes related to the COVID-19 pandemic, UNICEF will continue to support the government in realizing these rights for children, and reimagining an even brighter future for children and young people,” he added. 

Prior to joining UNICEF Timor-Leste, Mr. Durrani served as the Head of UNICEF’s South Korea Office. He brings to this job twenty years of progressively responsible expertise in international development with UN agencies and international NGOs at the Headquarters level as well as in complex humanitarian, emergency and development settings in Asia and Africa. With strong evidence-based technical programmatic knowledge, Mr. Durrani is experienced in leading diverse teams, and specializes in partnership-building and fundraising, project management, strategic planning, monitoring, evaluation and knowledge management. 

A national of Pakistan, Mr. Durrani holds a Master’s Degree in International Development from the International Institute of Social Studies, Netherlands; Master’s in International Public Policy from the Central European University, Hungary; and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Bahria University, Pakistan. He is married, and has two children. 


Reprezentativu UNICEF foun aprezenta Karta Kredensial ba Ministeriu Negosiu Estranjeiru no Koperasaun 

Dili, 1 Abril 2021 - Reprezentativu UNICEF foun nomeia ba Timor-Leste, Sr. Bilal Aurang Zeb Durrani, aprezenta karta kredensial ba Ministra Negosiu Estranjeiru no Koperasaun, Sua Exelensia Adaljiza Xavier Reis Magno iha serimonia ida ohin loron iha ministeriu.

“Ne’e previlejiu no onra boot atu serve labarik sira no sira-nia familia sira iha Republika Demokratika Timor-Leste. Hau hein atu haklean no fortifika parseria longu prazu UNICEF ho Governu Timor-Leste no servisu hamutuk ba labarik sira-nia melloramentu moris diak iha país ne’e,” dehan Bilal Aurang Zeb Durrani, Reprezentativu UNICEF foun iha Timor-Leste, durante serimonia.

Sr. Durrani kongratula Governu Timor-Leste ba progresu ne’ebe halo ona ba direitu labarik desde país ne’e proklama nia independensia, no ba nia efetivu lideransa atu hatan ba pandemia COVID-19 hahú tinan kotuk.

“Maske halo ona progresivu signifikativu balu ba labarik no foinsa’e sira iha Timor-Leste, iha buat barak mak tenke halo atu garante realizasaun direitu ba kualidade edukasaun, protesaun, kuidadu saude, servisu sosial sira, no asesu ba partisipasaun iha foti desizaun. UNICEF sei kontinua apoia governu hodi realiza direitu sira ne’e, no reimajina fururu nabilan ida ba labarik sira no foinsa’e sira hanesan ita planeia no implementa ba medida sira atu hatan no programa rekuperasaun relasiona ho pandenia COVID-19,” nia hatutan.

Antes atu mai servisu iha UNICEF Timor-Leste, Sr. Durrani serve ona hanesan Xefe Eskritoriu UNICEF iha Koreia do Sul. Nia lori mai iha servu fatin ne’e esperiensia responsavel progresivamente tinan rua-nulu iha area dezenvolvimentu internasional ho ajensia ONU no ONG internasional sira iha nivel Sede Jeral nune’e mós servisu umanitariu difisil sira, dezenvolvimentu no emerjensia difisil sira iha Azia no Afrika. Ho koñesimentu programátiku tékniku forte bazeia ba evidensia, Sr. Durrani iha esperiensia hodi lidera ekipa oin-oin, no espesializadu ba harii parseria no angriasaun fundus, projetu jestaun, planeamentu estratéjiku, monitorizasaun, evaluasaun no koñesimentu jestaun. 

Hanesan ema Pakistanes, Sr. Durrani hetan Mesteradu iha area Dezenvolvimentu Internasional husi International Institute of Social Studies, Netherlands; Mesteradu iha area Pulitika Publiku Internasional husi Central Eurpean University, Hungary; no Master of Business Administration (MBA) husi Bahria University, Pakistan. Nia kaben-nain, no iha oan nain tolu.

Media contacts

Rukshan Ratnam
Communication Specialist (English)
UNICEF Timor-Leste
Tel: +67077231103
Tel: +670 331 1300, Extension: 1820
Antonio Gomes
Communication Officer (Tetum)
UNICEF Timor-Leste
Tel: +670 7723 2441
Tel: +670 331 1300, Extension: 1821


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