UNICEF Rep bids Yemen farewell [Archives:2006/952/Local News]

June 5 2006

SANA'A, May 31 ) After nearly three years of path breaking and dedicated work for the children of Yemen, the UNICEF Representative, Ramesh Shrestha left Sana'a on Saturday, June 3 in order to take-up his new duties as the UNICEF Representative for Myanmar. During his tenure in Yemen, Dr. Shrestha impressed his colleagues, counterpart officials, development partners, the media, children and young people as a deeply committed professional who was always there to advance the cause of children and women, never daunted by any uphill task. Sentiments, such as this, were echoed by a range of people during a series of farewell events and courtesy calls on ministers and development partners. The meetings and debriefings kept him on a grueling schedule that climaxed during his final weeks in office – a befitting and apt reflection of the tireless efforts that marked his tenure in Yemen.

His vision for a better world and his stewardship of the UNICEF Country Programme of Cooperation saw a number of tangible gains for children in some of the most challenging areas. More notable among these are advances in creating a protective environment for saving children from neglect, abuse, and exploitation; acceleration of girls education; and pioneering work in responding to the humanitarian needs of women and children. UNICEF staff and partners gave him a warm send-off with entreaties for grander success and happiness as he embarks on his new assignment.