Keynote speeches and remarks by UNICEF staff.
Executive Director's letter to colleagues
Statement - 23 December 2009
Statement by the Secretary-General on Ann M. Veneman, Executive Director of UNICEF
Statement - 23 December 2009
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 the tsunami...
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 2009 entered its crucial second week. UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman addressed – via video message - a distinguished group of UN climate experts at a panel discussion on Monday.
Ann M. Veneman, Executive Director of UNICEF, on the occasion of Human Rights Day
Statement - 10 December 2009
Statement attributable to UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on confirmation of the death of Teshome Mandefro Ergete
Statement - 30 November 2009
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
Statement - 20 November 2009
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 attributable to UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on the attack on the UN guest house in Kabul
Statement - 28 October 2009
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (17 October 2009)
Statement - 16 October 2009
World Food Day: more than one billion people suffering from hunger
NEW YORK, 16 October 2009 - On this World Food Day more than one billion people are suffering from malnutrition and hunger, an increase of 100 million...
Ann M. Veneman and Agnes Chan launch ‘Progress for Children’ in Tokyo
TOKYO, Japan, 6 October 2009 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman, accompanied by UNICEF Japan Goodwill Ambassador Agnes Chan, released ‘Progress for Children: A Report Card on Child Protection’ at a press conference held at the Tokyo office of the Japan Committee for UNICEF today.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on the adoption of Security Council Resolution 1888 on sexual violence in conflict
Statement - 30 September 2009
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on the death of 12-year-old child bride from Yemen
Statement - 14 September 2009
UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman statement on the passing of Norman Borlaug
Statement - 13 September 2009
UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman defends UNICEF’s voice for children in Sri Lanka
Statement - 7 September 2009
Statement by Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director, on the situation in Yemen
Statement - 24 August 2009
Ann M. Veneman, Executive Director of UNICEF, on the occasion of World Humanitarian Day
Statement - 19 August 2009
Ann M. Veneman, Executive Director of UNICEF, on the occasion of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
Statement - 9 August 2009
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on July 9 bomb attack in Afghanistan
NEW YORK, 10 July 2009 - "On 9 July, an explosion in the vicinity of a school south of Kabul reportedly killed at least 25 people, including 15 children. This appalling incident follows...
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...
Statement of UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on the loss of a staff member in the Peshawar blast
NEW YORK, 9 June 2009 - “UNICEF is greatly saddened by the death of a much-loved colleague, Perseveranda So, as a result of the bombing of the...
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on Sri Lanka
NEW YORK, 19 May 2009 - "It is reported that access to some camps for internally displaced persons within Sri Lanka has become restricted.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on the situation of children in Sri Lanka
NEW YORK, 12 May 2009 - “Thousands of children remain trapped by the ongoing conflict in Sri Lanka, putting their lives at serious risk.
Leading the way to make Mothers Day every day
6 May 2009 - On this Mother's Day, we celebrate the women around the world who gave us life. We appreciate the untold sacrifices they made so we could...
Draft Remarks Ann M. Veneman, Executive Director, UNICEF Security Council Open Debate on Children
Madame President, Mr. Secretary General, Excellencies, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen, good morning. Thank you for the...
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on Child Marriage
NEW YORK, 13 April 2009 - UNICEF is deeply concerned by reports that Saudi Arabian tribunals have decided not to annul the marriage of an eight-year-old girl.
Window closing on chance to push polio ‘The Final Inch’ towards eradication
NEW YORK, 3 April 2009 – More than 50 years after the discovery of the first safe and effective polio vaccine, the window is closing on the chance to eradicate the disease for good.
Remarks of Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director at the Web4Dev Conference
Good morning and a warm welcome to UNICEF. And welcome to all those who are joining us by live webcast. The Web for Dev conference is an annual event of the United Nations...
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on the situation in Sri Lanka
17 March 2009 - “Hundreds of children have been killed and many more injured as a result of the conflict in Sri Lanka. Thousands are now at risk because of a critical lack of food, water...
Executive Director calls for stronger protection for Palestinian and Israeli children
JERUSALEM, 9 March 2009 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman concluded a four-day visit to the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel on Saturday with a call for stronger action to protect children.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on International Women’s Day 2009
8 March 2009, This year, International Women's Day addresses an issue which shames the world. Every day, around the world, women and girls face domestic violence, sexual exploitation...
On 'Red Hand Day', children call for an end to their forced use in conflict
NEW YORK, USA, 13 February 2009 – Children from 101 countries have appealed to international leaders to take stronger action to end the use of child soldiers.
A voice for children: Opera star Maria Guleghina joins forces with UNICEF
NEW YORK, USA, 12 February 2009 – One of opera's most celebrated stars has joined forces with UNICEF to advocate for children's rights.
Web4Dev conference kicks with an eye on the future of innovation
NEW YORK, USA, 11 February 2009 – With plenty of bells and whistles, and not a few mobile phone alerts and Twitter chirps, the fifth annual ‘Web4Dev’ conference kicked off at UNICEF House today.
Executive Board welcomes new President at opening of first 2009 session
NEW YORK, USA, 4 February 2009 – On the first day of its first regular session of 2009, UNICEF’s Executive Board welcomed its new President, His Excellency Ambassador Oumar Daou, Permanent Representative of Mali to the United Nations.
HAR focuses on conflict, climate and hunger
GENEVA, Switzerland, 27 January 2009 – More must be done to help the millions of children and women whose lives are being impacted by conflict, natural disasters and other humanitarian crises including epidemics and hunger, UNICEF said today.
UNICEF Executive Director visits Zimbabwe
HARARE, 17 January 2009 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman, today announced that the United Nations will make available $5 million for the health sector ...
UNICEF launches flagship report on maternal and newborn health
NEW YORK, USA, 15 January 2009 – UNICEF’s flagship publication, ‘The State of the World’s Children 2009’ – launched today in South Africa – addresses maternal mortality, one of the most intractable problems for development work.
Remarks by Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director at the Global launch and Press Briefing State of the World’s Children Report 2009
JOHANNESBURG, 15 January 2009 - Good morning and a warm welcome to all of you. Our thanks to the Government of South Africa for hosting us today...
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman regarding the humanitarian situation in Gaza
JOHANNESBURG, 14 January 2009 - Over 300 children have been killed and more than 1,500 wounded, since the beginning of the Gaza crisis on 27 December, 2008. (1)
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman regarding the humanitarian operation in Gaza
8 January 2009 - UNICEF is deeply concerned that the ongoing violence has forced UNRWA to suspend its humanitarian operation in Gaza. This can only deepen an already critical....