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UNICEF Executive Board

Friday, 10 June 2005: Annual Session closing statements praise staff worldwide

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AK Massoud Ahmed, Chairperson UNICEF Global Staff Association, addressed the Executive Board on the final day of the Annual Session.

By Rachel Bonham Carter

NEW YORK, 10 June 2005 – The week-long Annual Session of UNICEF’s Executive Board closed today with a tribute from the Board’s President to UNICEF staff around the globe.

“None of the excellent work of UNICEF would be possible without the diligent, skilful and often courageous efforts of its staff during times of peace and in emergencies,” said Ambassador Mehdi Danesh-Yazdi of Iran during his closing statement.

According to Executive Director Ann M. Veneman, the “hallmark” of the week-long Session was the opportunity it provided for a frank and productive exchange about UNICEF’s draft Medium Term Strategic Plan.

The lengthy document, which sets out how UNICEF will approach its programmes for children during 2006 – 2009, must be shortened and finalized for the next Executive Board Session in September. The MTSP has been described as “UNICEF’s business plan to contribute to the Millennium Development Goals.”

“We at the UNICEF Executive Board have a duty to promote those very lofty ideals and goals,” said the President. “We should give priority to the adoption and implementation of the Plan.”

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UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman, praised UNICEF staff during her closing statement on the final day of the Annual Session.

Global staff

Also on the final day of the Session, the newly-appointed Chairperson of UNICEF’s Global Staff Association, which looks after staff interests worldwide by acting as a bridge between the workforce and management, was welcomed to the stage.

A.K. Massoud Ahmed thanked UNICEF staff for allowing him to act as their spokesperson and reminded them of the great responsibility that comes with joining the ‘UNICEF family’.

“UNICEF people are ambassadors globally,” said Ahmed. “This is a unique opportunity to help the cause of women and children throughout the world.”

Executive Director’s final address

In her final address to the Session, Ms. Veneman reiterated the importance of partnerships for UNICEF, echoing her remarks on the opening day.

“Collaboration, not competition,” she said,” will continue to be the guide. We should be vigilant in always looking at the way we can best utilize partnerships and new possibilities.

“The world has made great strides in the survival and protection of children. UNICEF has contributed with results that were once considered unattainable.

“As we move forward from this Annual Session we can do so secure in the knowledge that we are making meaningful improvements in the lives of children and that your work sustains UNICEF as an agent for positive change.”




10 June 2005:
UNICEF correspondent Rachel Bonham Carter reports on the closing statements of the Executive Board Annual Session.

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