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|UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman thanks outgoing President of the 2009 UNICEF Executive Board Ambassador Oumar Daou during the first regular session of the 2010 UNICEF Executive Board. Ambassador Daou holds a ceremonial gavel presented to him by Veneman to commemorate his 2009 Board presidency.|
NEW YORK, 12 January 2010–The UNICEF Executive Board has elected the Permanent Representative of Bangladesh Ambassador Abdul Momen as President to replace the Permanent Representative of Mali, Ambassador Oumar Daou.
"Let me at the very outset thank His Excellency Ambassador Oumar Daou, the outgoing President and the Permanent Representative of Mali for his able leadership and his important contribution to the Executive Board during the past year," Ambassador Momen said at the first meeting of 2010.
The Executive Board elected four new vice presidents; Permanent Representative of Slovenia Sanja Štiglic, Permanent Representative of Zimbabwe Boniface G. Chidyausiku, Deputy Permanent Representative of Uruguay Gustavo Álvarez, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Norway, Pål Klouman Bekken.
In her opening statement, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman reflected on some of the touchstones of her nearly five-year tenure leading UNICEF.
A culture of continuous improvement
"UNICEF is guided by the urgency of achieving the Millennium Development Goals, recognizing that children are at the very heart of those goals. By fostering a culture of continuous improvement, we have worked to strengthen the results-based focus of the organization to most effectively and sustainably achieve the rights of children, in line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child," she said.
She expressed her gratitude for the support of the Executive Board, partners and donors.
"We have adopted 'Unite for Children' as part of our brand, reflecting our aim to better partner, coordinate and collaborate with others, and leverage available resources for maximum results for children. We have shifted the orientation of our work to help governments build capacities and make informed decisions based on the best available evidence and practices. UNICEF has worked to ensure that resources are deployed where the burden and needs are greatest."
Board members spoke of Veneman's achievements, including her focus on girls and gender equality and her efforts to make UNICEF a more innovative, efficient and results-driven organization.