Ban names Antony Lake as UNICEF chief

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 12:08

United Nations: United Nations chief Ban
Ki-moon has announced the appointment of US foreign policy expert Antony Lake, who was an adviser to President Barack Obama, as the new head of UNICEF.

Lake will take over as the new UNICEF executive
director in May after incumbent Ann Veneman, a former US
Secretary of Agriculture, retires from the post in April.

"He (Lake) brings with him a wealth of experience
after a long and distinguished career with the United States
Government. He will assume his responsibilities in the first
week of May," Ban told journalists here.

"I thank Ann Veneman for her immense dedication,
energy and determination to improve the lives of children
around the world. She leaves behind an organization
well-equipped for the enormous challenges ahead," he added.

Lake, 70, served as National Security Adviser in the
Clinton administration, spent nine years on the board of the
US Fund for UNICEF and most recently taught at Georgetown
University`s School of Foreign Service.

Lake will take over the reigns of UNICEF at a time
when it is swamped with the situation in Haiti where thousands
of children have lost their parents in the devastating
earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince on January 12.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 12:08
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