Mr. Louis-Georges Arsenault, UNICEF Representative to India, is responsible for the overall coordination, the development, formulation and management of the UNICEF Country Programme of Co-operation. He leads the policy dialogue and advocacy with the government and other partners for the enhancement of the survival, protection, development and participation of children and women in national development efforts and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
Prior to his current position, Mr.Arsenault served as UNICEF’s Director of the Office of Emergency Programmesfrom March 2008, where he ledthe institutional support to countries facing humanitarian situation be it conflict or natural disaster.The portfolio included increasing the efficiency (policy and procedures) of UNICEF’s overall humanitarian response, Disaster Risk Reduction, Peace Building, humanitarian policy and advocacy.
Mr. Arsenault was the UNICEF representative in Bangladesh from October 2005 to February 2008. He was responsible for conceptualizing, developing and implementing the country programme. Prior to that he served as the Deputy Director, Programme Division in UNICEF New York where he provided leadership in the Organization’s efforts in developing a new strategic plan aimed at achieving the Millennium Development Goals as well as overseeing UNICEF technical sections.
From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Arsenault served as the UNICEF Representative in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He managed the country programme and collaborated with the Royal Government of Cambodia to integrate programmes for children at the national level. His work to prevent trafficking and sexual exploitation of children led to the formulation of a national law and a moratorium on inter-country adoptions.
As UNICEF Representative in Afghanistan from 1998 to 2001, Mr. Arsenault managed one of UNICEF’s largest humanitarian operations, including the coordination of relief and rehabilitation services to hundreds and thousands of women, children and men displaced by war. He lobbied against the recruitment of children as soldiers, and despite the Taliban’s edicts against girls’ education and women’s right to employment, initiated several projects to provide employment opportunities for women and education for girls as well as arranging private schooling for them.
Mr. Arsenault joined UNICEF in Mali in1995as Deputy Representative where he led with the Government the first UNICEF Country Programme informed by a rights based approach to programming.
Prior to joining UNICEF, Mr. Arsenault worked for the Canadian University Services Overseas (CUSO) as Regional Director for West Africa based in Togo. In the mid-eighties Mr. Arsenault was Director of the Canadian International Development Agency-supported bilateral project on Integrated Water Supply and Sanitation, covering the maritime region of Togo. During his tenure, water supply coverage rose from 25 to 75 per cent and immunisation coverage rose from 7 to 70 per cent. Prior to that, Mr. Arsenault worked with another Canadian non-governmental agency, Canada World Youth, which promoted non-formal education for young children, with a focus on international cooperation through youth exchange and community based development in Senegal and Morocco. In the late seventies, he served as a volunteer with SUCO, a Quebec-based Canadian NGO in Upper Volta, in a community-led integrated development project.
Louis-Georges Arsenault is a national of Canada, he graduated in International Public Administration from the l’EcoleNationale d’ AdmistrationPublique de Montreal in Canada.