|UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman addresses the second regular session of the 2006 UNICEF Executive Board, which concluded on 8 September. Seated beside her is Executive Board President Andrei Dapkiunas.|
NEW YORK, USA, 8 September 2006 – The UNICEF Executive Board, which wrapped up its second regular session of 2006 today, took the unprecedented step this week of focussing on the problems of a specific region – Latin America and the Caribbean.
UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said the work of the board was having a positive effect in strengthening UNICEF’s response to countries in need.
“With your continued support, we are stronger and more focused on achieving the Millennium Development Goals to help children around the world,” she told delegates at the closing session.
UNICEF Executive Board President Andrei Dapkiunas said focussing on one particular region was an attempt to make the board’s deliberations more meaningful.
Making UNICEF better
“We spent half a day trying to get a deeper, more profound, more comprehensive focus, a more unified look at what the problems are that we are missing about this situation,” he noted, referring to the panel on Latin America and the Caribbean.
At that panel, the board heard from representatives of the region’s indigenous and Afro-descendant communities about the challenges they face, particularly dealing with issues of health, education and social justice.
“With small steps like this, we are doing something that testifies that the Executive Board is a living body, it's a body full of ideas,” said Mr. Dapkiunas. “Delegations are coming not just to fulfill the agenda prescribed by somebody else but to get their own personal picture on what is right and what is wrong with UNICEF – and what should be done to make it better."
Latin American and Caribbean countries were among the 27 whose programmes approved by the Executive Board for the next five-year period.
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Hear the remarks of UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman at the closing session of the 2006 UNICEF Executive Board’s second regular session.
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