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Rana Flowers

28/08/2015

 

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Rana Flowers.

Rana Flowers is currently the UNICEF Representative to China.   

Prior to this appointment, she has led UNICEF teams in several countries. As Representative in Cambodia, she worked closely with Government counterparts to build and strengthen systems, to identify bottlenecks to the achievement of MDGs and to support Government to introduce equity focused interventions for the women and children of Cambodia. 

Prior to Cambodia, Ms. Flowers was the UNICEF Representative to Mongolia where she worked with her team to promote achievement of MDGs at sub-national levels, to increase attention to equity and bring health, nutrition, child friendly education and protection to the most excluded populations.  She has also driven a strong response to the natural emergencies that affect the people of Mongolia, including to the 2009- 2010 dzud. 

Ms. Flowers was the UNICEF Representative in Belize from 2005 to 2009, where she worked with a small and dynamic team to address the significant threats to MDG achievement from child poverty and survival issues, to extremely poor quality education, to the highest HIV in Central America, to high levels of violence and exclusion of young people. She was also the UN Designated Official for Safety and Security of Staff in Belize and oversaw the UN emergency response including to the annual hurricanes that threaten that small nation. 

Passionately committed to the achievement of concrete results for women and children, she applies her expertise and fundraising skills to inspire an approach at UNICEF that seeks to support the most excluded and vulnerablepopulations in particular. This includes efforts to mobilise and build skills and confidence in urban adolescents; to bring water, sanitation and micronutrients to isolated communities; to reform national policy, target budgets and cash transfers to children and ensure legislative changes are implemented; or to bring religious leaders and young people together in the fight against diseases such as HIV.  

Since joining UNICEF, (originally as a consultant in 1994), Ms. Flowers has served the organisation in the Planning/Evaluation and Communication Divisions in New York and in UNICEF's Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean. In these roles, her responsibilities included performing the planning function for the LAC region, providing programme, policy and management support to the Regional Director's office, supporting sub-regional/regional teamwork on issues of concern and encouraging UN Reform initiatives at all levels. Her concern for excluded populations led her to establish the first meeting of Indigenous leaders in the Latin American region. While in New York she liaised closely with the UN system, Missions, NGO partners and the media to ensure delivery of policy guidance, support and technical assistance on child rights, including protection issues. 

She came to UNICEF with over 10 years of experience working on child development / rights issues in Australia. She worked with the Federal, State and local governments as well as NGOs, to assess the situation of children, reform legislation and policy implementation, encourage investment in children, plan programme interventions and evaluate results.  In the eighties, Ms. Flowers worked both in England and Australia with the Departments of Health providing community care and support to disabled, developmentally challenged, and abused children and adolescents. 

Ms. Flowers is a national of Australia. She has a Masters Degree in Business Administration, and Bachelor Degrees in Social Work and Arts. She is the mother of two step children Patrick and Pilar and daughters Gabriela and Daniela.

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