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UNICEF Executive Director presents an equity-based approach to members of the European Parliament

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UNICEF Executive Director, Mr. Anthony Lake, meets with Mr. Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament to discuss global security, development with equity, and children's rights.

BRUSSELS, Belgium, 10 October 2011 - UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake recently met with Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament and addressed the three European Parliamentary Committees dedicated to Foreign Affairs, Development and Human Rights. The theme of the exchange was “global security, development with equity, and human rights of children”.

Equity-based approach

In his statement to the three committees, Mr. Lake presented UNICEF’s equity-based approach to children’s rights as being more cost effective and sustainable than the current path. He illustrated it with examples of successful interventions in nutrition, immunization and education. Mr. Lake also referred to UNICEF’s work to protect children in conflict situations.

The Executive Director announced to this European audience that the Executive Board has approved a decision to allow intergovernmental organisations like the European Commission to access UNICEF’s internal audit reports and that these reports should be made available on UNICEF’s website by the end of 2012.

‘The crisis has not peaked’

Finally, Mr Lake warned members of the European Parliament, of the deteriorating situation in the Horn of Africa.

“The situation in the Horn [of Africa] is going to get worse,” he said. “The crisis has not peaked, and with no major harvests expected for the rest of the year, the hardest times lie ahead. We must see it as an opportunity – and an obligation – to save as many lives as we can.”



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