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News, 1/19/2013

Finland to chair the Executive Board of UNICEF

The Permanent Representative of Finland to the United Nations, Ambassador Jarmo Viinanen was elected the President of the UNICEF Executive Board in New York on 18 January. This is the first Finnish Presidency in the history of UNICEF (1946-2013).

The Executive Board is the governing body of UNICEF, providing intergovernmental support and oversight to the organization, in accordance with the overall policy guidance of the United Nations General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council.

Ambassador Jarmo Viinanen reminds that the Executive Board fully supports and values the crucial work of UNICEF, delivering results for children, even within a challenging global economic situation, and often in difficult contexts on the ground. “Our task as Executive Board is to provide appropriate guidance and oversight, so that the organization is able to continue and further enhance its work, to improve the lives of the most vulnerable children in the world and realize their rights.” Ambassador says that he will aim to Chair the Executive Board in a spirit of openness.

The President and four Vice-Presidents constitute the Bureau. These five officers, each one representing one of the five regional groups, are elected by the Executive Board each year from among its members, with the presidency rotating among the regional groups on an annual basis. The Executive Board is the governing body of UNICEF and made up of 36 Member States. It meets three times each year in New York.

UNICEF is the world's leading advocate for children. For 60 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.

UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

For more information: Minister Councellor, Ms Nina Nordström, Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations in New York,, tel. +1 917 294 3923 and Press Secretary, Ms Pirjo-Liisa Heikkilä, Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations in New York,, p. +1 917 294 3915

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