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UNICEF Executive Director on five-day visit to China

Will Address Beijing+10 Conference and Visit Field

NEW YORK, 24 August 2005 – On her fourth field visit since becoming UNICEF Executive Director in May, Ann M. Veneman will visit China this week to address the Beijing+10 Conference.  While in China she will also visit child survival programmes for children in Ningxia province, take part in a roundtable on child trafficking, and headline a UN-wide panel discussion on the Millennium Development Goals and other topics.

As part of her visit, Veneman will meet with senior government leaders and ministers to discuss China’s progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals, especially as they relate to the well-being of children.  She will also hear about China’s National Plan of Action for Children, 2001-2010.

On Friday and Saturday, August 26-27, Veneman visits Ningxia province, one of the least developed areas of the country and home to about 6 million people, a third from the Muslim Hui ethnic group.  She will visit UNICEF-assisted projects focused on maternal and child health, child nutrition and early childhood development. She will also see an initiative in the provincial capital that engages religious leaders on HIV/AIDS education and prevention activities. 

On Monday 29 August, Ms. Veneman will speak at the opening ceremony of celebrations to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995.  Her speech will draw particular attention to issues facing girls, including getting into and staying in school, HIV/AIDS, and gender-based violence.

Later on Monday, Veneman will participate in "An Encounter with the United Nations," a panel discussion with the press and invited guests.  Topics will include the Beijing+10 Conference, the Millennium Development Goals, and UN Reform.  The moderator is Jaime Florcruz, Beijing Bureau Chief of CNN.  The panel will include Mr. Zephrin Diabre (Associate Administrator, UNDP), Mr. Kim Hak-su (Executive Secretary, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP), Ms. Rachel N.Mayanja (UN Assistant Secretary-General, Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women), Mr. Khalid Malik (UN Resident Coordinator in China) and Ms. Noeleen Heyzer (Executive Director, UNIFEM). 

On Tuesday 30 August, Veneman will participate at the opening session of the Annual Workshop of the Framework on Cooperation for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in the Asia Pacific, hosted by the Government of China and the UN High Commission on Human Rights. Veneman will address the protection of children, placing particular emphasis on the serious issue of child trafficking.

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Attention Broadcasters:  Reuters will broadcast video of Ms. Veneman’s field visits.  Please visit: http://rtv.rtrlondon.co.uk/ or www.unicef.org/media
 
For further information, please contact:

Charles Rycroft, UNICEF-Beijing Communication Officer,
Tel: (86-10) 6532-3131 Ext 1301 
Cell: 13641290007  E-mail:  crycroft@unicef.org


 

 

 

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