18 July 2021

UNICEF chief Henrietta Fore resigns ‘with a heavy heart’.

The head of the UN Children’s Fund, Henrietta Fore, announced her resignation on Tuesday 13 July 2021, in order to devote herself fulltime to caring for her husband, who is suffering from what she described as a serious health issue.

Ms. Fore said it had been “a difficult decision”, and in a message to staff, described holding the office of Executive Director as “a tremendous honour”.

“To serve the world’s children is both exhilarating and fascinating. You have achieved remarkable accomplishments at an extraordinary time, and we have so much more to do”, she told the UNICEF team.

She became the agency’s seventh director in January 2018, having worked in economic development, education, health, humanitarian and disaster relief as a public servant, for more than four decades.

She became the first woman to serve in the US Government as Administrator of the Agency for International Development (USAID), and Director of US Foreign Assistance, between 2007-2009. Before that, she also served as an Under Secretary of State, at the State Department.

Source: https://news.un.org

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