UNICEF Executive Director Embarks on Year-End Trip
NEW YORK, 6 December, 2005 - UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman travels to India and the U.K. this week for an international trip that focuses on issues critical to children’s health and protection.
After several days in India, her trip will culminate in London at a conference on child survival and the launch of UNICEF’s flagship publication, the State of the World’s Children 2006.
In Delhi, Veneman will open the Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunization (GAVI) Partners meeting where UNICEF and WHO will present the funding requirements and potential impact of immunization over the next ten years.
Veneman also assumes the chairmanship of the GAVI Board as it enters a new phase of operation which, in addition to introducing new and under-used vaccines into the poorest countries, will focus on integration of other life-saving interventions into immunization programmes.
Approximately 350-400 participants are expected at the meeting, including Bill and Melinda Gates, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg of Norway, vaccine manufacturers, health ministers and other high-level government officials.
While in India, Veneman will also meet with children affected by HIV/AIDS as part of UNICEF’s campaign to put children at the center of the global response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
To mark the anniversary of the Tsunami, Veneman will open a Joint UN Tsunami photo exhibit with tsunami-affected children. While in India, she will meet
Veneman will round up her trip to India with a visit to an innovative child survival project in the state of Rajasthan. The UNICEF-supported project delivers many interventions such as routine immunization, water and sanitation and education that are vital to a child’s survival and protection.
On Tuesday December 13th, Veneman will participate in a UNICEF co-sponsored rolling conference on Child Survival in London.
On Wednesday, December 14th, also in London, she will launch UNICEF’s flagship publication the State of the World’s Children 2006. The year’s report, “Excluded and Invisible” offers a sweeping assessment of the millions of children have become virtually invisible.
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