New UNICEF Representative arrives to take up post
Harare, 17 October 2013 – Newly-appointed UNICEF Representative to Zimbabwe Mr. Reza Hossaini has arrived in the country to assume his leadership of the child rights organization. He takes over from Dr. Peter Salama who left Zimbabwe last year to become the UNICEF Representative to Ethiopia.
This week, Mr. Hossaini presented his letter of credence to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Simbarashe Mumbengegwi.
“I am delighted to be coming to Zimbabwe where I look forward to working with the Government to continue the ongoing efforts to build back Zimbabwe’s once thriving social sectors,” he said. “Zimbabwe has one of the largest UNICEF programmes globally. It is important that we closely monitor results and adopt strategies for acceleration of progress for children and help the country to meet the Millennium Development Goals.”
Minister Mumbengegwi hailed the existing relationship between the Government of Zimbabwe and UNICEF, saying the organization had played a professional and objective role in carrying out its mandate.
Prior to this appointment, Mr. Hossaini served as UNICEF Representative in Sri Lanka, Turkey, and Uzbekistan. He also worked with the World Health Organization in East Africa and South Asia.
A national of Iran, Mr. Hossaini obtained his degree in Industrial Pharmacy in 1981 from the College of Pharmacy, Delhi University and a Post-Graduate Degree in Hospital Management. He is married with one daughter.