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Keynote speeches, plenaries, addresses, remarks and comments posted here have been delivered by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman, with additional speeches delivered by UNICEF leaders and experts.

In Senegal, Executive Director sees community action to end female genital cutting
KEUR SIMBARA, Senegal, 13 November 2006 – On a visit to Senegal, Executive Director Ann M. Veneman has witnessed firsthand how UNICEF and its partners are using a community-based approach to empower women and children – notably on the issue of female genital mutilation, or cutting (FGM/C).

Closing Statement of Ann M. Veneman, Executive Director of UNICEF at the Executive Board Annual Session
NEW YORK, 9 June 2006 – Mr. President, Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates, ladies and gentlemen, good morning. I would like to begin by commending once again the excellent skill that the President has demonstrated in running this meeting over this past week. We appreciate your ability to manoeuvre through some difficult issues while always keeping your wonderful sense of humour.

Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on the Annual Session of the UNICEF Executive Board
New York, 5 June 2006 – Thank you very much, Mr. President.  Good morning to all of you.  Thank you for being here today.  Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen, it is a pleasure to address the 2006 Annual Session of the UNICEF Executive Board.

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman, on the launch of ‘Progress for Children: A Report Card on Nutrition’
NEW YORK, 2 May 2006 – Good morning and thank you to all of you for joining us today.   We are pleased to be here this morning to talk about UNICEF’s comprehensive report on child malnutrition around the world.  In my first year with UNICEF, I have visited many developing countries.  It is clear that nutrition is the foundation on which all human progress is built.

UNICEF Executive Director’s Women’s Day message
NEW YORK, USA, 8 March 2006 – In a wide-ranging and impassioned keynote speech at the Annual International Women’s Day Luncheon in Washington, D.C., UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman delivered a powerful message about the abuse and exploitation experienced by millions of women and children around the globe.

UNICEF Executive Director Returns From Mission to Four Countries
20 February 2006 – Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF’s Executive Director, has just returned from a nine-day four country mission to the United Kingdom, Italy, Rwanda and...

UN Executive Directors and HRH Princess Mathilde of Belgium encourage more action to address impact of AIDS on children and young people in Tanzania
Dar es Salaam, 17 February 2006 – The Executive Directors of the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), and Her Royal Highness (HRH) Princess Mathilde of Belgium in her capacity as the UNAIDS and UNICEF Special Representative for Children and AIDS, today encouraged greater action to support children and young people in Tanzania in the AIDS response.

World not doing nearly enough to protect children affected by AIDS
LONDON, 9 February 2006 - The global response to children affected by HIV and AIDS does not come close to matching the enormity of their rapidly expanding plight. By 2010 an estimated 18 million children in sub-Saharan Africa alone will be orphaned by the disease. Children living with sick and dying parents remain extremely vulnerable, and an estimated 4 million infected children do not have access to appropriate treatments.

Drought creating crisis for children in Horn of Africa
NEW YORK – 7 February 2006 - A major crisis has hit the Horn of Africa, where a severe drought is endangering an estimated 1.5 million children under the age of five, UNICEF said today.

Veneman recaps year of increased humanitarian relief work for UNICEF
NEW YORK, 16 January 2006 - The major earthquake in Pakistan, a potential Avian Flu outbreak, new partnerships in the fight against AIDS and Malaria, and striving to meet the Millennium Development Goals, by attending to the world's most vulnerable children, were just some of the many challenges UNICEF took on in 2005, Veneman told UNICEF's Executive Board.




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