Ms. Marie-Pierre Poirier is UNICEF’s Regional Director for West and Central Africa. Based in Dakar, she provides leadership for 24 country offices across the region.
Her career with UNICEF spans more than 30 years across Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America as an advocate for child rights, working on the development and management of rights-based country programmes of cooperation in collaboration with governments, civil society and the private sector.
Previously, Ms. Poirier was Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, from 2012 to 2016. She has extensive field experience as UNICEF’s Representative to Brazil, Mozambique, Namibia and Deputy Representative in Pakistan. From 1989, she led UNICEF’s Child Rights Section in Geneva at the time of the final negotiations on the Convention on the Rights of the Child. She started her career with UNICEF in New York as an expert on poverty and exclusion in urban areas.
Ms. Poirier holds a Master’s Degree from the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations at Sorbonne Nouvelle. She graduated in Economics from the University of Paris in 1981, after having studied a year in Harvard.
22-27 October, 2018
The Regional Director is with UNICEF Cote d’Ivoire to visit programmes and meet with children and communities.
Côte d’Ivoire has made "remarkable progress" in children's rights, but this now needs to be taken to scale.
We will not stop working for results until #everychild— Marie-Pierre Poirier (@MariePierre_P) October 24, 2018
has a birth certificate
is fully vaccinated & grows up in a healthy environment
has access to quality education
is protected from violence and exploitation.
That is our mandate and my personal commitment as Regional Director. pic.twitter.com/aCxibr4dQv
In #Gonzagueville, @UNICEF_CIV built a classroom with recycled plastic bricks as part of an innovative project. We are planning to scale up this project by building nearly 30 new classrooms in the coming year. A contribution to the government’s SGP to build 3000 schools by 2020! pic.twitter.com/P5FEuIUICJ— Marie-Pierre Poirier (@MariePierre_P) October 24, 2018
Hello young people!— Marie-Pierre Poirier (@MariePierre_P) October 26, 2018
Save the date. At 10 am, I am joining you for a talk on Peace.
Send us your questions on @UReport_CIV Facebook page.
I will be pleased to answers all questions from the U-Reporters.
You are the #GenUnlimited. Your voice matters! pic.twitter.com/4FihIBOlo5