Classifieds | Archives | Jobs | About TGT | Contact | Subscribe
 | 
Last updated 1 hour, 44 minutes ago
Printer Friendly Version | TGT@Twitter | RSS Feed |
HOME LOCAL MIDEAST ASIA WORLD BUSINESS SPORT OPINION WRITERS
First UAE nationals to join Unicef
August 11, 2018
 Print    Send to Friend

NEW YORK: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) signed a new Memorandum of Understanding that will allow UAE nationals to join the agency as full-time staff.

Under the Junior Professional Officers (JPO) programme, the first-ever Emiratis in the UN agency’s global operations will take up positions later this year.

Among the attendees of the signing ceremony, which was held at the UAE Mission to the United Nations in New York, were Lana Nusseibeh, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the UAE to the United Nations and Ms Fatoumata Ndiaye, Unicef’s Deputy Executive.

“With over 40 per cent of the global population under the age of 25, there has never been a more important time to focus on children and youth,” Ambassador Nusseibeh said. “Unicef is one of the UAE’s most valued and earliest international partners, and we are honoured to focus on building our mutual capacity to serve and empower children and young people.”

Fatoumata Ndiaye, Unicef’s Deputy Executive, said that “this partnership brings critical perspectives from the Gulf and MENA region into the work of the agency, and integrates them with the broader global agenda to help all children and young people fulfil their potential.”

Unicef’s JPO programme allows sponsored recent graduates and young professionals from participating countries to work for two to three years in Unicef’s operations across 190 countries, as well as its headquarters in New York. The JPO agreement with the UAE marks Unicef’s first in the Middle East and North Africa. Assignments range from development of policies on nutrition to provision of education in humanitarian crises. Many JPO participants join Unicef permanently, or return to their countries to lead children and youth-focused initiatives.

The UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation will facilitate placement of nationals in the Unicef programme through a competitive interview process, starting this month.

The UAE and Unicef have a long history of partnership. Unicef first commenced its operations in the UAE in 1977, and UAE donors are among the largest contributors to the agency. The UAE government, and such major UAE development and humanitarian actors as Dubai Cares, the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and the Big Heart Foundation, have active programmes with Unicef in the UAE, Yemen, Comoros, and The Gambia, among other countries.

WAM

Add this page to your favorite Social Bookmarking websites
Comments
 
Post a comment
 
Name:
Country:
City:
Email:
Comment:
 
    
    
Related Stories
UAE among world’s safest countries
DUBAI: The UAE is one of the safest countries in the world, according to a recent report by the Institute for Economics & Peace. The UAE ranked 127th worldwide out of 138..
December 2-3 will be holidays
ABU DHABI: The UAE Council of Ministers announced the holidays for the 47th UAE National Day on Friday. The ministry said, “On December 2 and 3, the Council of Minist..
Thousands join Tolerance Walk
Abu Dhabi: Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, on Friday led the tolerance walk within the National To..
UAE is key point in providing food supplies in region
ABU DHABI: Khalifa Ahmed Al Ali, Managing Director of the Food Security Centre, emphasised that the UAE has become a key point in providing food supplies to the region, w..
$1.5 billion CSR campaign to secure the world
DUBAI: Abu Dhabi-based IT Solutions company, Secure Cam, has embarked upon a major campaign to secure the world by equipping more than 1.5 million buildings across the wo..
FRONTPAGE
 
GALLERY
 
PANORAMA
 
TIME OUT
 
SPORT
 
 
Advertise | Copyright