UNICEF Pa­cific wel­comes Yett

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UNICEF is pleased to an­nounce the ar­rival its new UNICEF Pa­cific Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Shel­don Yett who re­places Dr Karen Allen.

Mr Yett, is the new ac­cred­ited Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the United Na­tions Chil­dren’s Fund to the Pa­cific is­land coun­tries of the Cook Is­lands, Fiji, Fed­er­ated States of Mi­crone­sia, Kiri­bati, Mar­shall Is­lands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Is­lands, Tonga, Tu­valu and Van­u­atu.

Mr Yett pre­sented his cre­den­tials yes­ter­day to the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary, Ravin­dran Nair. Mr Nair said: “On be­half of the Fiji Gov­ern­ment, we wel­come Mr Yett to Fiji as the newly ap­pointed rep­re­sen­ta­tive for UNICEF Pa­cific multi-coun­try of­fice. “We look for­ward to work­ing closely with him and look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing our long stand­ing part­ner­ship with UNICEF for the chil­dren of Fiji and the Pa­cific.” Mr Yett said: “It is an honor and a priv­i­lege to be here, and I look for­ward to work­ing with gov­ern­ments, com­mu­ni­ties and part­ners in the re­gion to ad­vance the rights of chil­dren.” Mr Yett brings ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence to UNICEF Pa­cific, most re­cently serv­ing as the UNICEF Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to Liberia from 2013 – 2016 where he led UNICEF’s re­sponse to the deadly Ebola out­break.

Prior to that, Mr Yett served as UNICEF Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to Mace­do­nia from 2008 to 2013, and UNICEF Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to Ar­me­nia from 2005 to 2008. He has also served with UNICEF in Bu­rundi, So­ma­lia, Kosovo and New York, as well as other duty sta­tions, and has also worked for the UN Depart­ment of Hu­man­i­tar­ian Af­fairs. He has been ac­tive in the field of in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment for the last 20 years. Be­fore join­ing the UN, he also worked for in­ter­na­tional NGOs in Rwanda, Niger, Cen­tral African Repub­lic and the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of the Congo.

Mr Yett is a for­mer jour­nal­ist and holds an MA in in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions from the Johns Hop­kins School of Ad­vanced In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies and a BA in in­ter­na­tional stud­ies from Reed Col­lege. Out­go­ing Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Dr Karen Allen, joined UNICEF Pa­cific in July 2013. She is re­turn­ing to South Africa, to take up the po­si­tion of Sub-Re­gional Hu­man­i­tar­ian Co-or­di­na­tor for UNICEF. Am­bas­sador Nair said: “I wish to take the op­por­tu­nity to ac­knowl­edge and thank Dr Karen Allen for her tremen­dous sup­port and com­mit­ment in her time here in the Pa­cific, es­pe­cially in her then role as head of UNICEF with the re­cent emer­gency re­sponse fol­low­ing Cy­clone Winston that af­fected so many of our Fi­jian chil­dren. We wish her well in her next ap­point­ment.” Dr Allen said It has been a priv­i­lege to ex­tend her UNICEF ca­reer to the Pa­cific re­gion. SOURCE: UNICEF

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