UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed Catherine Russell as the head of UN children’s agency UNICEF, also known as the United Nations Children’s Fund. Catherine Russell is an assistant to US President Joe Biden. She also heads the White House Office of Presidential Personnel. Russell will succeed Henrietta Fore, who resigned in July 2021 because of a family health issue.
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Activities of UNICEF:
- To provide immunizations and disease prevention
- To administer treatment for children and mothers with HIV
- To enhance childhood and maternal nutrition
- To improve sanitation, promote education, and provide emergency relief in response to disasters.
Governing Body of UNICEF
UNICEF is governed by a 36-member executive board. The board establishes policies, oversees administrative & financial plans and approves programs. Board comprises of government representatives, who are elected by the United Nations Economic and Social Council. They are elected for three-year terms.
Important takeaways for all competitive exams:
- UNICEF Headquarters: New York, United States of America;
- UNICEF Founded: 11 December 1946.