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IN MEMORIAM: Charles A. Egger

C. Egger, May 2004.

UNICEF is mourning the death of a former colleague and a great advocate for children, who left a lasting impression on all who knew him.

Our sympathies go out to the family of Charles Egger, the former Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF, who passed away on the 12th of October.

Mr. Egger was born in Switzerland in 1916 and joined UNICEF in 1948, as chief of emergency operations in Bulgaria. At that time UNICEF’s child feeding programme was providing sustenance to 550,000 children.

He later led numerous UNICEF programmes in a range of countries and regions, including Europe, the Middle East, South-Central Asia (Afghanistan, India, Mongolia, Nepal and Sri Lanka), which culminated in his appointment as Deputy Executive Director for Programmes in 1967.

At the time of Mr. Egger’s retirement from UNICEF in 1981, then-Executive Director James Grant described him as a tireless and courageous advocate for UNICEF’s programmes to help children who were hungry or in mortal peril, and as the institutional champion of UNICEF’s field operations.

With Mr. Egger’s passing, UNICEF has lost a great friend.  His work in the field helping children in need will live on as part of his legacy. We thank him for it.




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