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Statement on proposed contribution from Sweden by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake

NEW YORK, 31 August 2016 – “We at UNICEF could not appreciate more the proposed contribution by the Government of Sweden to our core resources.

“With such a contribution comes a responsibility for UNICEF to make sure that the typical generosity of the Swedish people will be matched by results in the lives of children in great need.

“Such funding will go, for example, to children whose lives have been blighted by conflict and violence; to innovative new ways of reaching the most disadvantaged children – including especially girls at risk of abuse or of a loss of education and thus their futures; or to building up the bodies and brains of undernourished children.

“This is a model of how new injections of core resources can help make investing in children – investing in the next generation – a priority as the world embarks on realizing the goals of Agenda 2030.

“Sweden – its people and its government – has always been a leader in the cause of children. It is reaffirming that leadership today.”


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