Bangladesh to lead UNICEF’s executive board

Bangla Tribune Desk
Published : 15:08, Jan 15, 2020 | Updated : 15:24, Jan 15, 2020

Rabab Fatima have been elected as President of the UNICEF executive board.Bangladesh’s Permanent Representative to the UN Rabab Fatima has been elected president of the UNICEF Executive Board.
She was unanimously elected at polls held on Tuesday at the UN Headquarters in New York, BSS reported citing a statement by the Bangladesh Permanent Mission at the UN.
Vice-presidents will be the PRs of Lithuania and Morocco and DPRs of Brazil and Switzerland, according to a message from the Bangladesh Permanent Mission at the UN.
With this election, Bangladesh will be able to contribute further to the work of the United Nations, this time in providing strategic guidance to its agency specializing in the children’s causes, said the release.
Bangladesh was earlier elected to the Executive Board for the term 2019-2021 representing the group of Asia-Pacific Sates.
Ambassador Fatima recently joined as the Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations in New York.
She succeeded Ambassador Masud Bin Momen as Bangladesh’s Permanent Representative who served as the Vice President of UNICEF Executive Board in 2019.
In her acceptance speech, Ambassador Rabab Fatima thanked the Board members for electing her and for their confidence in Bangladesh’s leadership to address the challenges that continue to affect children across the globe, and for meaningful and impactful 2020 for UNICEF.
Ambassador Fatima also assured UNICEF that the new Executive Board will work hard to bring new ideas to uplift the wellbeing of children and fight for their rights.
She applauded UNICEF’s persistent endeavour to improve the wellbeing of children and emphasized that Bangladesh would help ensure, among other things that UNICEF activities are responsive to the needs and priorities of the recipient countries.
UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore welcomed the new President and said that UNICEF looked forward to benefiting from her experience and wisdom.
She also expressed optimism that Ambassador Fatima would spearhead the bureau’s guidance to the work of UNICEF.