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New UNICEF Representative is appointed to Ukraine

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Yukie Mokuo, UNICEF representative in Ukraine and Yuriy Kostenko, acting Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine

Kyiv, 21 July 2009 – Yukie Mokuo has been appointed as the new United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative in Ukraine. Today, Yukie Mokuo has presented her credentials to acting Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Yuriy Kostenko.

During the meeting, Yuriy Kostenko appreciated the UNICEF’s contribution to improving well-being of the Ukrainian children as well as support to national policy and programme development. Yukie Mokuo thanked the acting Minister and confirmed the organization’s readiness to continue fruitful cooperation with the Government of Ukraine to protect rights of children in country.

With the arrival in July 2009, Yukie Mokuo, a national of Japan, has taken up her duties as the new UNICEF representative in Ukraine, a post formerly held by Jeremy Hartley. Yukie Mokuo was previously UNICEF Representative in Tajikistan.

The new UNICEF Ukraine Representative obtained her bachelor’s degree in Architecture/Interior Decoration from the Japan Women’s University in 1983, followed by her Master’s Degree in Regional Planning/Development from Cornell University, USA in 1995.

Ms. Mokuo joined UNICEF in February 1995 as Assistant Programme Officer in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.  In 1997 she was appoint to Project Officer, Basic Services in Pristina, Kosovo and subsequently reassigned to Podjorica, Montenegro as Project Officer in December 1999 where she served until her appointment as Assistant Representative in Dushanbe in September 2001.

In 2005 Mokuo was appointed a UNICEF Representative to Tajikistan.  In this capacity, she has been responsible for the overall implementation of the country programme including planning, co-ordination and evaluation of a broad range of UNICEF programmes, both developmental and humanitarian benefiting women and children.

Prior to joining UNICEF, Ms. Mokuo served as Regional Development Planning Assistant with the Research Institute in Japan from April 1983 to August 1987.  From September 1987 to July 1990, she worked as Town Planner with Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteer, Town and Country Planning Department in Suva, Fiji. From May to July 1991, Ms. Mokuo worked as Refugee Programme Field Officer in Ankara, Turkey with the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. 

For more information, please contact: Veronika Vashchenko, Communication Officer, UNICEF Ukraine: (044) 230 2430,
About UNICEF: UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. UNICEF Ukraine opened its office in Kyiv in 1997. More information about UNICEF Ukraine:



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