Ms Alice Akunga has been appointed as the new UNICEF Representative to Nepal. Ms Akunga presented her credentials to Minister for Foreign Affairs Narayan Prakash Saud on Monday.
Ms Akunga is a citizen of Kenya and has more than two decades of experience serving children affairs in Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Eswatini, Maldives and most recently in Afghanistan.
Through her career, Akunga has been dedicated for the protection and rights of children, particularly in times of high risk. She has been successful in coordinating and implementing UNICEF’s efforts to deliver lifesaving humanitarian interventions in some of the toughest-to-reach areas, according to a UNICEF press release.
“This includes working through the challenges of ongoing conflicts and the COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure that the urgent needs of children in healthcare, education, nutrition, water and sanitation and protection, among other areas – are addressed,” states the press release.
She brings extensive experience of working hand-in-hand with governments and all other partners in promoting child-friendly governance, system strengthening as well as sustainable climate action for the overall wellbeing of children.