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Ann M. Veneman became UNICEF's fifth Executive Director on 1 May 2005.

UNICEF Executive Director visit to Zambia focuses on the impact of HIV and AIDS on children and young people
LUSAKA, ZAMBIA, 9 April 2010 - On a two-day trip to Zambia, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman advocated for greater HIV and AIDS...

UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman visits the Kingdom of Lesotho
LESOTHO, 8 April 2010 – During a two day trip to Lesotho, UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman met with Government officials, visited health...

UNICEF Executive Director, Ann Veneman launches Facts for Life, a guide for healthy childhood
NEW YORK/GENEVA/ MASERU, LESOTHO, 7 April 2010 – During a visit to Lesotho, a country entirely landlocked by South Africa...

UNICEF welcomes announcement of next Executive Director
NEW YORK, 16 March 2010 – UNICEF today welcomed the UN Secretary-General’s announcement that Anthony Lake...

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on International Women’s Day
NEW YORK, 8 March 2010 – “Last week in Guatemala I visited a UNICEF centre that houses girls as young as thirteen...

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on the death of Professor Ihsan Dogramaci
NEW YORK, 25 February 2010 - UNICEF is saddened to learn of the death in Ankara today of Professor Ihsan Dogramaci, a leader...

UNICEF Executive Director visits Haitian earthquake victims
NEW YORK, 8 February 2010 – Following a visit to Haiti, UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman spent two days in the Dominican...

UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman visits Port-au-Prince
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI, 4 February 2010 - UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman visited Haiti’s capital city of Port-au-Prince...

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman applauding Gates Foundation $10 billion pledge for vaccines
NEW YORK, 2 February 2010 – The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s unprecedented commitment of $10 billion towards the...

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on the situation of children in Haiti
NEW YORK, 19 January 2010 - We are extremely concerned about the situation of children in Haiti, many of whom have become...

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on the earthquake in Haiti
NEW YORK, 13 January 2010 - "We are saddened to learn of the devastating earthquake in Haiti.  While relief efforts have begun...

Remarks of Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director to the 2010 First Regular Session of UNICEF’s Executive Board
NEW YORK, 12 January 2010 - Mr. President, Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates, good morning. A warm welcome to the First Regular ...

Executive Director's letter to colleagues
NEW YORK, 23 December 2009 - It is with a heavy heart that I write to tell you that yesterday I informed the Secretary General that...

Statement by the Secretary-General on Ann M. Veneman, Executive Director of UNICEF
NEW YORK, 23 December 2009 - It is with great regret that I learned that Ann M. Veneman does not plan to pursue a second term as...

Tsunami: Reflection and progress five years later
26 December 2009 - Five years ago the world watched in horror as nearly 230,000 people, particularly women and children, perished in...

Executive Director Ann M. Veneman addresses Copenhagen panel
NEW YORK, USA, 15 December 2009 – All eyes were on Copenhagen this week as the United Nations Climate Change Conference...

Ann M. Veneman, Executive Director of UNICEF, on the occasion of Human Rights Day
NEW YORK, 10 December 2009 – “Human Rights Day marks the anniversary of adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human...

Five major child advocates: Children's rights are everybody's responsibility
20 November 2009 - On the anniversary of twentieth anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child - the most ratified human...

Remarks of Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director
Commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the CRC

Twenty years later: Progress being made for children but much more work lies ahead
19 November 2009 – The Convention on the Rights of the Child is a universal standard for building a better world – a world in which the best...

Future generations in jeopardy unless urgent efforts are made to tackle malnutrition
16 November 2009 – Today, nearly 200 million children under the age of five who live in the developing world suffer from stunted growth as a...

UNICEF Executive Director raises child health and child rights in Mali
NEW YORK, 9 November, 2009 - On a three day trip to Mali, UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman met with Government officials, visited...

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director on the attack on the UN guest house in Kabul
NEW YORK, 28 October 2009 - " UNICEF is outraged at the attack on a UN guesthouse in Kabul which has killed  five UN staff and...

World Food Day: More than One Billion People Suffering from Hunger
By Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director, 15 October 2009 - On this World Food Day more than one billion people are suffering from...    

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
NEW YORK, 16 October 2009 - "Children who grow up in poverty face many obstacles that can prevent them from reaching their full potential...

DRC Chronicles: Being Shunned by Rape
By Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director, 24 September 2009 - During my recent visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)...

Her Majesty Queen Rania and Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director visit Girls' School in East Harlem
NEW YORK, 21 September 2009 - Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan and UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman today met with...

Lost Innocence and Hope Amid a Senseless War
By Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director, 16 September 2009: During a 2006 trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a...

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on the death of 12-year-old Child Bride from Yemen
NEW YORK, 14 September 2009 - "It was with great sadness that we learned of the untimely death of 12-year-old Fawziya Youssef from Yemen...

UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman statement on the passing of Norman Borlaug
NEW YORK, 13 September 2009 – “Nobel laureate, Norman Borlaug, dedicated his life to finding ways to end hunger and help feed the world...

UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman defends UNICEF’s voice for children in Sri Lanka
NEW YORK, 7 September 2009 – “UNICEF is extremely concerned and disappointed with the Sri Lankan Government’s decision to expel UNICEF’s chief of communications...

UNICEF Executive Director visits Dungu, a community terrorized by the LRA
LONDON, 31 August, 2009 - On the final day of her five-day visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman met...

UNICEF Executive Director calls for peace and security for the people of eastern DRC
Goma, DRC, 29 August 2009 – On her second day in the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UNICEF Executive Director...

UNICEF Executive Director decries continued rape and violence against women and children in the DRC
BUKAVU, DRC, 27 August 2009 - UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman met with victims of rape and violence in the eastern provinces of the Democratic...

UNICEF Executive Director announces $500,000 for social protection programs in The Republic of the Congo
BRAZZAVILLE, The Republic of the Congo, 24 August 2009 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman, in her visit to The Republic of the Congo...

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Ann M. Veneman, Executive Director of UNICEF, on the occasion of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
NEW YORK, 9 August 2009 – “In many places, indigenous people are among the most vulnerable and marginalized members of their societies...  

A Treasure Chest of Hope for Children Impacted by Disasters and War
By Ann M. Veneman, 5 August 2009 -Last March on a visit to Gaza after the region was devastated by constant bombing and conflict, I toured a...

UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman visits Syrian Arab Republic
DAMASCUS, 29 June 2009 – On the first visit ever of a UNICEF Executive Director to the Syrian Arab Republic, Ann M. Veneman met with Syrian President...

UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman lecture: ECOSOC on-line lecture series
Since 1990, the base year for the Millennium Development Goals, an estimated 10 million women have died from complications related to...

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CNN Interview
14 January 2010: UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman was interviewed by CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour about the Haiti earthquake and UNICEF's response.
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14 September 2009: Executive Director Ann M. Veneman’s opening statement at the UNICEF Executive Board’s second regular session of 2009.
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