New York, 23 December 2009 - Statement by the Secretary-General on Ann M. Veneman, Executive Director of UNICEFIt is with great regret that I learned that Ann M. Veneman does not plan to pursue a second term as the Executive Director of UNICEF. She has fulfilled her mandate with immense dedication, and I have been impressed by her extraordinary energy and determination to improve children's health, education and well-being around the world. Under her leadership, UNICEF has become a catalyst for global action to help children reach their full potential, promoting collaborations that deliver the best possible results for children based on expert knowledge, sound evidence and data. She has been a champion of UN Coherence and a strong voice for children as well as MDG implementation. Her legacy is an organization that is financially and intellectually strong and well-equipped to meet the challenges children face in the 21st century.
On behalf of the United Nations, and personally too, I thank her for her outstanding service and wish all the best in her future endeavors.
23 December 2009