New York, 30 August 2013: Second regular session of UNICEF Executive Board to open on 3 September
By Marissa Aroy
As many children around the world begin to return to school, the UNICEF Executive Board opens its third and final session of 2013 at United Nations New York headquarters. Establishing the blueprint for the organization’s work for the coming four years and exploring work carried out for children with disabilities are on the agenda of the four-day session.
NEW YORK, United States of America, 30 August 2013 – What is UNICEF’s strategic direction for the next four years, and beyond? How will the organization improve its work to realize the rights of every child, especially the most disadvantaged? What new work is underway, and what will be the shape of future programmes?
These are some of the topics under consideration next week, during the second regular session of the UNICEF Executive Board, the governing body of UNICEF that steers the course for the organization.
After a lengthy process [PDF] of consultation, preparation, review and discussion that was initiated more than two years ago, the UNICEF Strategic Plan for 2014–2017 will be presented to the Executive Board on Tuesday 3 September, along with the UNICEF integrated budget for the same period. Key emphasis is being placed on reducing inequity as a means to realize the rights of every child, especially the most disadvantaged and marginalized. The strategic plan is the blueprint for the work of the organization.
Continuing the emphasis on children living with disabilities that was highlighted in the 2013 edition ofThe State of the World’s Children report, the Executive Board will hold a special focus session on the work of UNICEF for children with disabilities. The session will include a presentation by the UNICEF Senior Adviser on children with disabilities, Rosangela Berman Bieler, who recently won the Henry Viscardi Achievement award, which honours leaders for their work and influence on the global disability community. The Chair of the International Disability Alliance will be featured as guest speaker.
The financial report and statements on private fundraising for 2012 will be presented by UNICEF Director of Private Fundraising and Partnerships Leila Pakkala. The performance of fundraising for regular resources – funds contributed without any restrictions on their use – and other resources income, earmarked for certain projects and aspects of UNICEF’s work, will be discussed at the meeting.
The Executive Board will review draft country programme documents for Namibia and Mexico as well as the Gulf Area subregional programme. The documents lay out UNICEF’s work plan and associated budget for these countries; the revised documents will be presented to the Executive Board for approval at its first regular session of 2014. The Executive Board will approve the country programme documents presented at the June annual session for Benin, Bhutan, Cuba, the Niger, Nigeria, the Republic of Congo and Togo. Regional summaries of midterm reviews of country programmes for several other countries will also be reviewed.
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The Executive Board is the governing body of UNICEF. It comprises 36 members representing the five regional groups of Member States at the United Nations. Its work is coordinated by the Bureau of the Executive Board, which consists of five officers: the President and four Vice-Presidents, each officer representing one of the five regional groups.
In addition to serving as a liaison between governments and the organization, the Executive Board provides oversight and intergovernmental support, reviewing and approving all UNICEF activities, policies, country programmes and budgets. The Executive Board ultimately ensures that all of UNICEF’s initiatives and strategies are consistent with the overall policies implemented by the United Nations General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council.
The Executive Board meets three times each calendar year, in a first regular session (January/February), annual session (May/June) and second regular session (September). Executive Board sessions are held at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
UNICEF Executive Board regular session 2013