UNICEF Chief Anthony Lake has thanked

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UNITED NATIONS, Jan 9 (APP): UNICEF Chief Anthony Lake has thanked Pakistan for its leadership and contribution to achieving the agency’s goals in 2015 during its tenure as president of its executive board.
At a meeting held at the United Nations to elect the new members of the executive board, Lake conveyed UNICEF’s appreciation to Pakistan’s Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi who served as President for 2015, a year he described as “very successful and productive” for the agency.
The Executive Board reviews UNICEF activities and approves its policies, country programmes and budgets.It comprises 36 members, representing the five regional groups of member states at the United Nations.Its work is coordinated by the Bureau, comprising the President and four Vice-Presidents, each officer representing one of the five regional groups.
“I am glad to say that with your cooperation and constructive spirit,
and with the able support of the Secretariat, the 2015 Board was able to achieve new milestones that will go a long way in the global endeavour to secure the rights of children,” Ambassador Lodhi said in response to the tributes paid by the UNICEF chief.
“At a time when the international community was negotiating the 2030
Development Agenda and the Addis Ababa Conference on Financing for Development, the Board and Secretariat came together to effectively raise the voice of children and put them front and center of these important development processes,” she pointed out.
The Pakistani envoy recalled the dire situation children faced last
year in conflict and other fraught situations saying their protection was of particular concern during her term.This was especially so when children constituted half the globally displaced population in a year when the world ‘s refugee number hit an all time high.
Ambassador Lodhi acknowledged the key role played by the co-chairs and
members of the “Group of Friends on Children and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”. “Their relentless efforts and effective advocacy ensured that child rights were firmly placed at the heart of the global development agenda and its financing mechanisms,” she said.
The same spirit guided the smooth adoption of 16 decisions, including:
Programming arrangements for the countries transitioning from middle- to high-income status; Increase in the Emergency Programme Fund ceiling to strengthen predictability of the UNICEF response to humanitarian crises; Extension and expansion of the Vaccine Independence Initiative and its revolving fund, and approval of 27 Country Programme Documents for different regions of the world.
In conclusion, Ambassador praised Executive Director Anthony Lake for his inspiring leadership and unwavering commitment to the cause of children and especially for putting the issue of equity at the top of our discussions and agenda.