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|Anand Panyarachun, at UNICEF headquarters in New York, speaks at a briefing on his work to combat HIV/AIDs in Thailand.|
On the occasion, UNICEF Executive Director, Carol Bellamy, described Panyarachun as an "outstanding statesman" and an example to the world as a true champion of children.
"On behalf of children not only in Thailand but around the world, UNICEF is proud to honour Khun Anand, a man who has devoted his life to improving the world for all, and to fighting for the rights of children to live in peace, good health and dignity," she said.
Panyarachun is credited with changing the direction of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Thailand, making the country a leader in this fight in the world. Thailand offers the best example of a national response to fighting the disease. Without Mr. Anand’s leadership, Thailand would be looking at 10 million HIV infections by 2010; current estimates now are at 1 million.
Panyarachun was appointed UNICEF Ambassador for Thailand on 17 January, 1996. Since then he has been an outstanding advocate for children, speaking on child rights issues, child abuse, HIV/AIDS and education reform. He has been actively involved in fund raising bringing in more than US $10 million.
Accepting the award, Panyarachun said that he appreciated the recognition from UNICEF and looked forward to "many more years of working together to make our world fit for children."
Khun Anand Panyarachun served twice as Prime Minister of Thailand. He chaired the Constitution drafting committee, which was a cornerstone in the develpment of Thailand's democracy; he was recognized as a leader in educational and environmental reforms and good governance.
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