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News conference of UNICEF Regional Director for MEAN region.

TUNIS, June 29, 2010 (TAP) - Mrs. Sigrid Kaag, Regional Director of the United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) for North Africa and the Middle East (MEAN) described as "excellent" her talks with officials on partnership projects in the area of child protection.

"Tunisia has made strides as part of co-operation with UNICEF 2007-2011 and on the way to achieve the United Nations Millennium Development Goals," said Mrs. Kaag at a news briefing on UNICEF office's activities in the MEAN region.

These activities, encompassing some twenty states, she pointed out, are diversified and adjusted to different situations according to the juncture and the level of development reached by each country.

UNICEF seeks to provide vaccines, drinking water, basic health and education for girls and combat violence against children and women. "Regarding Tunisia, which is an emerging country, we are planning to focus action on reducing mother and child mortality," she said, pointing out that UNICEF plans to make of Tunisia "a case study" to highlight "its successful experiences."

According to Mrs. Kaag, who is working in co-operation with governmental partners and civil society, UNICEF plans to focus attention also on a bilateral strategy (2012-2016) dealing with the following issues: pre-school education, school drop-out, youth and integration of the disabled and violence against children and women.

She also emphasised the role of media and culture in raising the public opinion's awareness of these issues.

Mrs. Sigrid Kaag, who is Regional Director of UNICEF for MEAN region since 2007, was appointed by the UN secretary-general deputy secretary-general and director of Partnerships Bureau of the United Nations Development Programme.

She will take up her new duties starting next August.

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