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UNICEF welcomes appointment of next Executive Director

Ann Veneman Will Succeed Carol Bellamy in May 2005

NEW YORK, 19 January 2005 – Responding to the official announcement of its next Executive Director, UNICEF today congratulated Ann M. Veneman and said it looked forward to “welcoming her in May and supporting her as she leads UNICEF’s ongoing work for the world’s children.”

Ms. Veneman, the outgoing Secretary of Agriculture in the U.S. administration, was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today to succeed Carol Bellamy when her ten-year tenure concludes on April 30.  Under UN policy, agency heads may serve no more than two five-year terms.

“UNICEF has a great tradition of smooth transitions between its executive directors,” Ms. Bellamy noted.  “It will be my honor to ensure this one is just as successful.” 

“All of us at UNICEF look forward to welcoming Ms. Veneman and working with her to advance the well-being of children around the world,” said UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Kul Gautam, a 32-year veteran of the organization.  “Her accomplished career in public service, with extensive experience in international affairs, will serve her well at UNICEF.”

Ms. Veneman will become UNICEF’s fifth Executive Director, continuing an unbroken line of Americans at the helm of the agency since its founding in 1946.

A 20-year veteran of the U.S. and California departments of agriculture, she earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Davis, and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley.  Ms. Veneman also holds a juris doctorate degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law.

For further information, please contact:
Alfred Ironside, UNICEF Media, New York: +1 212-326-7261




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