Unicef Malawi has a new country representative, Rudolf Schwenk, who presented his credentials to Foreign Affairs Minister and International Cooperation, Francis Kasaila on Friday, August 2.
Schwenk replaces Johannes Wedeneg, who left the country for other assignments within the Unicef establishment.
After receiving Schwenk’s letters of credence, Kasaila acknowledged Unicef’s work and impact in the country.
“We appreciate the work of Unicef in Malawi and it is touching the lives of so many children and mothers. Its presence is felt everywhere in the country and it is well appreciated. When you travel through Malawi, you can see the impact that Unicef has on the lives of the people,” he said.
On his part, Schwenk pledged his personal commitment to propelling forward the ideals of Unicef in the country.
He said: “I am delighted to be here in Malawi and look forward to serving the children of this country, through Unicef’s cooperation with the government and our many partners. Malawi is rightly known as the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’ and I have received a very warm welcome.”
Schwenk has worked with the United Nations for 24 years, and with Unicef for 19 years. He started his career with NGOs in Germany in the area of development cooperation.