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UNICEF Executive Board

UNICEF Executive Board reviews draft Strategic Plan, 2014–2017

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UNICEF Division of Policy and Strategy Director Jeffrey O’Malley responds to comments on UNICEF's draft strategic plan, at the annual session of the 2013 UNICEF Executive Board at United Nations headquarters.

“The strategic plan articulates UNICEF’s broad strategic priorities for the next four years, responding to and anticipating a rapidly changing world where progress for children is scuttled with increasing inequities.”
–UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Geeta Rao Gupta, addressing the Executive Board on the second day of its 2013 annual session.

NEW YORK, United States of America, 19 June 2013 – The UNICEF Executive Board continued its annual session today with review of the draft UNICEF Strategic Plan, 2014–2017.

The strategic plan, in emphasizing equity and by focusing on the most disadvantaged and excluded children, families and communities, aims to support the acceleration of progress towards the fulfilment of the rights of all children. 

A vision for 2014–2017 – and beyond

UNICEF Director of the Division of Policy and Strategy Jeffrey O’Malley presented the draft strategic plan, noting that it articulates not only a vision for 2014–2017, but also the opportunities for child rights in a changing world.
“A child born in 2014, the first year of our new strategic plan, will be an adult in 2032,” said Mr. O’Malley. “UNICEF, governments and other development partners need to work together to ensure that families can raise that child not just to survive, but to thrive.”

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Mr. O’Malley presented the draft strategic plan, which includes seven outcome areas: health, HIV and AIDS, water, sanitation and hygiene, nutrition, education, child protection and social inclusion.

The strategic plan aims to further the rights of children within the larger context of the unfinished agenda of the Millennium Declaration, the post-2015 world and the emerging new development agenda, he said, noting further that the rapidly evolving humanitarian system also presented new opportunities and challenges in fragile and conflict areas. 

Holistic approach to children’s well-being

The draft strategic plan identifies seven outcome areas, encouraging a holistic approach to a child’s well-being. The outcome areas are health, HIV and AIDS, water, sanitation and hygiene, nutrition, education, child protection and social inclusion. 
Members of the Executive Board welcomed the presentation of the draft strategic plan, and offered a number of comments for consideration by UNICEF in drafting the final plan.

“There’s really no question that each iteration of this document is getting stronger – and it’s really thanks to not just the volume of input you are providing, but the quality on the input and the specific suggestions you’re making, which are proving helpful again and again,” said Mr. O’Malley.

The UNICEF Strategic Plan, 2014–2017, will be presented in its final form to the Executive Board, along with an integrated budget, for approval at its next session, in September.

The Executive Board session continues until Friday. Tomorrow, the Executive Board will hear a report on evaluation of humanitarian action and an annual report on the evaluation function, itself, as well as the annual report of the Office of Internal Audit to the Executive Board.



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