New UNICEF Representative in Mongolia presents credentials

2017-08-10 15:27 GMT+8

Ulaanbaatar, 4 August, 2017 – The newly appointed UNICEF Representative in Mongolia Mr Alex Heikens presented his credentials to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Munkh-Orgil Tsend.

In welcoming the new Representative, Mr Munkh-Orgil Tsend said that child well-being has always been a priority for Mongolian Government, including the current one. He expressed hope that Mr Heikens will oversee an effective implementation of the Country Programme of Cooperation 2017-2021 signed between the Government of Mongolia and UNICEF and bring sustainable results for children.
In response, Mr Heikens thanked the Minister for their role of key Government partner of UNICEF and their leadership in the planning of New Country Programme of Cooperation. 

“In this current programme cycle, UNICEF will continue supporting the Government to build on good practices and service models, which have illustrated significant results for children in previous focus areas in Khuvsgul province and Nalaikh district by scaling up in other provinces and districts as well as mainstreaming into national policies and programmes” said Mr Heikens.

He also added “I believe in a closer cooperation with your Ministry under your leadership to successfully implement the new Country Programme which is designed and dedicated for the improved well-being of Mongolian children, and contribute jointly to the implementation of the SDG to which the Government of Mongolia is committed”. 

Mr Munkh-Orgil wished success to Mr Heikens in his new role as UNICEF Representative and expressed that the Government of Mongolia stands ready to support UNICEF.

Mr Alex Heikens joined UNICEF in 2013 as a senior adviser at UNICEF Headquarters, New York. He led the development and implementation of UNICEF’s policy on climate change, energy and environmental sustainability. Prior to UNICEF, Alex served as a Regional Policy Adviser for the United Nations Development Programme in Asia-Pacific, providing high quality support to UNDP Country Offices and Governments on addressing climate change (2010 – 2013). 

From 2007 to 2010, he was with UNDP Indonesia where he led the development of the UNDP climate change portfolio and assisted the Government of Indonesia with formulating key-policy documents and programmes such as UNREDD. 

Before joining the UN, Alex did his PhD research on the impacts of contaminated water resources on human health and agricultural production in Indonesia. Besides his PhD in environmental sciences, Alex holds a MSc in Biology from Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Mr Heikens is a Dutch citizen.

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