Oct 12, Colombo: Ms. Una McCauley has assumed office as the new Representative for UNICEF in Sri Lanka. Ms. McCauley presented her credentials to the Minister of External Affairs, Hon. G. L. Peiris on the 11th of October.
"It is a great privilege to be able to serve the children of this Nation through UNICEF's Child Rights mandate" said Ms. Una McCauley.
The New UNICEF Sri Lanka Representative, Ms. Una McCauley, lighting the traditional oil lamp during the welcome ceremony with staff at the UNICEF Country Office.
"Sri Lanka has made great strides in realizing the rights of children and continues to build on its successes to reach the most vulnerable. UNICEF remains committed to Sri Lanka, to help ensure that the needs of children and, especially those who are most disadvantaged and excluded, are not forgotten," she said.
For the past decade and more, UNICEF's assistance in Sri Lanka has been focused on emergency humanitarian relief; but with the country transitioning from a post-conflict humanitarian environment to one of recovery and development, UNICEF's focus, too, has shifted to ensure a more equitable approach to advancing the rights of children across the country.
Ms. McCauley has been with UNICEF since 2002 serving in Angola, Kenya, Sudan, Togo and Panama. In her role as UNICEF Representative in Togo and Panama, she was responsible for the overall leadership in developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating the Country programme.
Prior to this she has served in various capacities in child protection programming and providing expertise on child welfare strategies.
She is a national of the United Kingdom. She holds a Masters degree on International Development from the University of London and Bachelors Degree in Social Sciences and Social Research from the University of East London.
Ms. McCauley succeeds Mr. Reza Hossaini, who was reassigned to the UNICEF Zimbabwe office.