Ms. Debora Comini to head UNICEF Cambodia

Ms. Debora Comini has been appointed UNICEF Representative to Cambodia and has presented her letter of accreditation today to H.E. Hor Nam Hong, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs in Cambodia.

During the courtesy meeting, H.E. Hor Nam Hong acknowledged the collaborative and longstanding relationship between the Government of Cambodia and UNICEF, saying: “UNICEF was among a few international organizations that was present in Cambodia during the difficult time after the fall of the Khmer Rouge. The Royal Government of Cambodia continues to work closely with UNICEF.”

Ms. Comini reaffirmed UNICEF’s commitment to continuing working towards realizing the rights of all Cambodian children so that they survive and develop as healthy adults, both for their own, and for the nation’s benefit.

“The Royal Government of Cambodia has been very supportive to UNICEF’s mandate” said Ms. Comini. Today’s meeting is opportune as UNICEF embarks on a new three year country programme to uphold the rights of children in Cambodia and support them to reach their full potential.

Ms. Comini comes to Cambodia from Panama, where she served as Deputy Regional Director for UNICEF’s Latin America and Caribbean region covering 24 country offices. She has been working with UNICEF since 1991 and has held a number of senior positions including: UNICEF Representative in Nicaragua, in Macedonia and in Venezuela; UN Resident Coordinator in Mongolia; and Planning Adviser for Latin America & Caribbean. She has also worked in Bolivia as Project Officer in charge of health and microcredit activities, and in UNICEF’s New York Headquarters as Programme Funding Officer and Research Assistant in the office of the Executive Director.

“What brought me first to UNICEF was my desire to work in an organization that channels one’s energy, skills, and time for the service of others. And what is more rewarding and meaningful than serving the most precious and delicate part of our humanity, children?” mentioned Ms. Comini following the meeting.

“Making a difference for children is not something we can achieve alone. It is the result of adding up the skills and the passion of everyone involved, working together to achieve a common goal for children. That includes the Government, civil society, donors, the communities themselves, and the United Nations.”

A national of Italy, Ms. Comini holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Columbia University, New York, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from University College London.