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Carol Bellamy outlines goals after reappointment

Monday, 13 September 1999: UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy outlined some of her goals for the agency after being re-appointed for a second five-year term today by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

"Although we have many successes behind us, we have many challenges still before us," Ms. Bellamy said. "The scourge of HIV/AIDS, the damaging consequences of conflict, and the asphyxiating effect of poverty and debt are all growing. It is our responsibility – for the sake of children everywhere – to overcome them."

In her coming term Ms. Bellamy will devote UNICEF to promoting a new "global agenda for children" – recruiting leaders in government, civil society, academia, the media and the private sector to commit themselves to making sure that all children survive; that they grow up healthy in a protected environment; that they obtain a quality basic education; and that fewer women die during childbirth or from preventable causes.

Ms. Bellamy is currently promoting a final push toward achievement of global goals agreed upon at the 1990 World Summit for Children. In accepting her reappointment to UNICEF, she stressed that over the next 18 months all countries have a chance to make progress toward reaching the goals before the end of the year 2000.

Since her original appointment in May 1995, Ms. Bellamy has worked to increase visibility and support for the millions of children around the world whose lives are battered by war. She has travelled to the war-devastated countries of Angola, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Albania, and Afghanistan, among others, to underscore every child's right to basic protection, whatever his or her circumstances.

Ms. Bellamy has also carried out important management reforms within UNICEF to increase financial oversight while at the same time decentralising operations to ensure continued effective delivery of assistance to children around the world.

Ms. Bellamy's reappointment takes effect on 1 May 2000, at the conclusion of her present term.

UNICEF operates in more than 160 countries world-wide, helping governments and civil society provide for and protect the health, education and general well-being of children and women. It has an annual operating budget of roughly $1 billion.

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