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UNICEF Executive Board

Member States announce their contributions to the UNICEF Executive Board

Today, Member States pledged their commitment and ongoing support for the critical role that core contributions play in funding UNICEF’s work.

NEW YORK, United States of America, 7 February 2013 – UNICEF welcomed core contributions from Member States at the annual pledging event held on the third day of the first regular session of the Executive Board.

Funds pledged

Some US$38 million was pledged during the event at United Nations Headquarters.

Altogether, more than US$231 million in core contributions has been raised for 2013. This figure includes money pledged by Member States prior to the Executive Board meeting, as well as at last year’s inter-agency United Nations pledging conference, an event during which Member States donate to all United Nations agencies.

UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake thanks Member States for their generous contributions to UNICEF's regular resources.  Watch in RealPlayer


UNICEF receives two thirds of its funding from the public sector. In addition, private fundraising, often in partnership with the 36 National Committees for UNICEF, helps to raise the rest of the organization’s funding.

Core contributions critical

Core contributions, also called regular resources, are funds that are not designated for a specific purpose. They give UNICEF the flexibility to respond quickly to disasters, to work in so-called ‘forgotten’ crises and to meet needs in middle-income countries. They enable UNICEF to tackle emerging challenges and changing priorities, such as the refocus on the equity agenda, which is key to meeting the Millennium Development Goals.

Regular resources also enable UNICEF to work with governments to develop policies that sustain long-term change.

Earlier in the week, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake told the Executive Board that preliminary data suggest that, while UNICEF’s overall resources rose by 3 per cent last year, regular resources continued to decline. Prior to 2000, they represented about 50 per cent of UNICEF’s total revenue. Now they are only around 30 per cent.

Watch a video on the importance of regular resources to UNICEF's work.  Watch in RealPlayer


“UNICEF’s overall financial position remains sound for this year. But the most important part of our funding remains a very serious problem, and it is getting worse,” Mr. Lake said.

He told the Executive Board that regular resource revenue from government sources fell to US$597 million in 2012, 7 per cent lower than the US$646 million the year before.

Commitment and ongoing support

Pledges of commitment and ongoing support for the critical role that regular resources play were received from the Governments of China, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea and Thailand.

In thanking donor governments – and the people they represent – Mr. Lake said economic hard times were forcing donors to make tough decisions.

“Knowing this, we are all the more grateful that funding offers both encouragement and support for our work,” he said.

Donor pledges are especially important as the Executive Board prepares for the future, developing a new medium-term strategic plan, for 2014–2017, which will be formulated and adopted later this year. 

“Your support is critical in helping us take the steps then to achieve these targets and results, with a focus on the rights of the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families,” Mr. Lake said.

Thematic evaluations

Following the pledging event, Executive Board members participated in a session on recent global thematic evaluations, which provided an overview of UNICEF’s work in three areas: early childhood development, life skills education and a human rights-based approach to programming.

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UNICEF Evaluation Office Director Colin Kirk (right) speaks at the first regular session of the 2013 UNICEF Executive Board at UNHQ.

The evaluations aim to improve UNICEF’s work by supporting learning, accountability and better performance.

“If we can monitor it, we can manage it. If we can evaluate it, we can improve it,” said UNICEF Evaluation Office Director Colin Kirk.

The report presented a number of recommendations for addressing gaps in coverage of these three areas of UNICEF’s work.

Developments in fighting HIV/AIDS

Presenting a report on the UNICEF follow-up to recommendations and decisions of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board, UNICEF Chief of HIV/AIDS Craig McClure briefed members on exciting developments in fighting the epidemic.

Thanks to recent innovations in medicines, technology and programming, an AIDS-free generation is within reach, he said. The Executive Board heard that simplified technological and programmatic approaches are necessary to achieving the targets of the Global Plan Towards the Elimination of New HIV infections among Children by 2015 and Keeping their Mothers Alive.

“The beginning of the end of AIDS,” he said, “starts with children.”



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