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UNICEF Executive Board

UNICEF Executive Board adopts strategic plan and integrated budget for 2014–2017

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By Marissa Aroy

On the closing day of its second regular session of 2013, the UNICEF Executive Board approved the UNICEF strategic plan, 2014–2017, and the integrated budget for 2014–2017.

NEW YORK, United States of America, 6 September 2013 – After intensive formal and informal discussions, the UNICEF Executive Board approved the UNICEF strategic plan, 2014–2017, and the integrated budget for 2014–2017 during the closing day of the second regular session, the final formal session this year for the governing body of UNICEF.

The Executive Board welcomed the strategic plan's linking of resources to results, referring to the corresponding integrated budget, and requested that UNICEF continue to develop and refine indicators of baselines, milestones and targets by the Executive Board's next annual session, in June 2014.

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UNICEF Director of Private Fundraising and Partnerships Leila Pakkala speaks at the second regular session of the 2013 UNICEF Executive Board, at United Nations headquarters. Ms. Pakkala will be transitioning to Regional Director of Eastern and Southern Africa next year.

“New phase in UNICEF’s history”

The President of the Executive Board, H.E. Mr. Jarmo Viinanen, Permanent Representative of Finland to the United Nations, expressed his gratitude to the Executive Board and UNICEF management for their work over the past year in developing the new strategic plan and integrated budget.
“I wish to extend my appreciation to all participants for their constructive and useful engagement,” said H.E. Mr. Viinanen, “and their sense of direction in finalizing the decisions made at this session.”
UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake also expressed his appreciation to the Executive Board members for their support in developing a new blueprint for the work of UNICEF.
“We really have now entered into a new phase in UNICEF’s history, guided by the strategic plan and the integrated budget,” said Mr. Lake.

Country programmes

The Executive Board approved the aggregate indicative budgets for the programmes of cooperation with Mexico and Namibia as well as the Gulf Area subregional programme, comprising the Kingdom of Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. It also approved extensions of the ongoing country programmes in Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar, Mali, Paraguay, South Sudan, the Syrian Arab Republic and Tunisia.

The Executive Board also approved the proposed programme of work for the Executive Board session in 2014.

Staff appointments, acknowledgements

Mr. Lake announced several staff appointments. Leila Pakkala, Director of Private Fundraising and Partnerships, will become Regional Director of the Eastern and Southern Africa Region. Manuel Fontaine, who has been acting Regional Director of Western and Central Africa Region, has been appointed to that post. Assistant Secretary of the Executive Board Christine Muhigana has been appointed Deputy Regional Director of the Western and Central Africa Region, working with Mr. Fontaine.

Mr. Lake also bade farewell to the Secretary of the Executive Board Nicolas Pron, who will be leaving his position to become Special Adviser to the President of the United Nations General Assembly. H.E. Mr. Viinanen and other members of the Executive Board joined Mr. Lake in thanking Mr. Pron for his work as Secretary of the Board over the past three years.

Finally, Mr. Lake acknowledged Documentation Assistant Sonia Stenerson, who has worked for UNICEF for 22 years and will be retiring soon. He thanked Ms. Stenerson and the other members of the Office of the Secretary of the Executive Board for their efforts in making the Executive Board sessions run smoothly.

H.E. Mr. Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations, noted, “One of the wonderful things about the UNICEF Board is that it always has a familiar, family feel to it."



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