By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund on Sunday announced that Hervé Ludovic De Lys newly appointed UNICEF Afghanistan Representative presented his credentials to Mohammad Haneef Atmar, Afghanistan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.
“It is an honor to present my credentials to His Excellency, Mohammad Haneef Atmar, Minister of Foreign Affairs; I look forward to serving the children of Afghanistan to the best of my ability,” De Lys was quoted in the released statement.
“I would like to express my gratitude for the strong partnership shared by the Government and UNICEF in support of every child in Afghanistan, especially the most disadvantaged. I am excited to work with all partners to promote the rights of children, wherever they are, and make sure they have the best start in life so that they become productive citizens in the Afghanistan of tomorrow. I particularly look forward to promoting innovative programming including 21st century skills, such as digital learning and problem solving, and environmental protection.” De Lys said.
According to the UNICEF statement, De Lys has more than 30 years of professional experience, he has worked in complex socio-political, development, and security environment.
De Lys’s experience in humanitarian affairs and development includes humanitarian diplomacy, capacity building, community development, peace and security, strategic planning, and managing change for the benefit of children.
Meanwhile a MoFA statement said that FM Atmar emphasized the close cooperation between UNICEF and the Government of Afghanistan and expressed hope that the activities of this organization would be extended to Helmand and Uruzgan provinces.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs said that the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan supports all UN programs, including valuable UNICEF programs in the country, according to the statement.