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|After ten years of service, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy makes a farewell call on Nelson Mandela and Graça Machel at Mandela House in Johannesburg, South Africa.|
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 17 March 2005 - Nobel Peace Laureate and former South African President Nelson Mandela today bid farewell to Carol Bellamy, who will leave UNICEF at the end of April after a 10-year term as Executive Director of the world’s largest agency for children.
Ms. Bellamy expressed her deep gratitude to Mr. Mandela for his unwavering commitment to the cause of children across the African continent. In 2000, Mr. Mandela and his wife Graça Machel (who accompanied Mr. Mandela at the meeting) helped launch the Global Movement for Children, to raise awareness on issues facing the world’s children. Together with UNICEF, the Nelson Mandela Foundation launched the Schools for Africa Campaign in December 2004 to raise funds in order to build more schools in Africa.
Ms. Bellamy also cited the major role Mr. Mandela played in helping children and women affected by armed conflict, particularly in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
At the end of their meeting, Ms. Bellamy asked for Mr. Mandela’s continued support for UNICEF’s work on HIV/AIDS. She reaffirmed UNICEF’s commitment to raise $1 billion through its global network of national committees to fight HIV/AIDS worldwide.
Ms. Bellamy was accompanied by UNICEF’s Representative for South Africa, Misrak Elias, and by UNICEF’s Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, Per Engebak.