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Post-crisis transition strategy presented to UNICEF Executive Board for approval

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UNICEF Director of Programmes Alan Court, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman and UNICEF Executive Board President Andrei Dapkiunas at today’s board session.

By Rachel Bonham Carter

NEW YORK, USA, 6 June 2006 – The UNICEF Executive Board has generally welcomed the organization’s new ‘post-crisis transition’ strategy for 2006-2009, which was outlined to them today by UNICEF Director of Programmes Alan Court. Delegates spent much of this morning discussing the strategy, which UNICEF hopes will be adopted by the end of the week.

Today is the second day of the board’s second regular session of 2006.

Mr. Court explained that the strategy is not a radical departure for UNICEF but a complement to current programming in post-crisis countries. He highlighted the recent emergencies in Indonesia and Timor-Leste as examples of the necessity for such a plan – and cited ongoing work in Pakistan as proof that liaising closely with the affected country is the best way forward.

“The first principle underpinning these efforts must be that they are fully managed and owned by national governments, local authorities and the communities of the countries affected,” asserted Mr. Court.

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Vice-President of the Mano River Women's Peace Network, Elizabeth Alpha-Lavalie, addresses the UNICEF Executive Board. Beside her are World Bank Senior Social Development Specialist Kazuhide Kuroda and UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman.

Need for improved collaboration

Before discussing the transition strategy, board members heard from the Deputy Speaker Elizabeth Alpha-Lavalie of Sierra Leone’s Parliament, who is also Vice-President of the Mano River Women’s Peace Network. The Executive Board President, Ambassador Andrei Dapkiunas of Belarus, introduced Ms. Alpha-Lavalie, noting that the Network was a signatory to the Liberian peace accords.

“This week I am here to call for collaborative efforts,” said Ms. Lavalie. “We believe that in any peace situation we have to involve our children and to seek the welfare of our children. Another thing we should look into is empowering women, something I believe will go a long way to help solve the problems of children as well.”

World Bank Senior Social Development Specialist Kazuhide Kuroda, from the bank’s Conflict Prevention and Reconstruction Unit, also addressed the board and emphasized the need for improved collaboration in post-crisis situations.

“We are two organizations of the same size with a similar mandate but different ways of doing things,” said Mr. Kuroda. “We need to find points where we can work together.”

Sector-wide approaches

In other business today, the Executive Board discussed the experience so far with UNICEF’s cost-recovery policy, which was approved by the board in 2003.

In addition, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Kul Gautam presented a report on the harmonized approval process for UN country programmes, prepared in consultation with the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Population Fund. The board hopes to use its session this week to discuss ways of streamlining the current approval process, while maintaining institutional integrity and the organizational mandate of each agency.

Partnerships were the focus of two further reports presented to the board – one on the implementation of joint programming, and another on UNICEF’s engagement in sector-wide approaches to solving the problems of the world’s children.