UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman with the President of India Dr A Kalam, and the UNICEF Representative to India Mr. Cecilio Adorna
NEW YORK, 6 December, 2005 - UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman is in India and will also be travelling to U.K. on an international trip that focuses on issues critical to children’s health and protection.
After several days in India, her trip will culminate in London at a conference on child survival and the launch of UNICEF’s flagship publication, the State of the World’s Children 2006.
In Delhi, Veneman will open the Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunization (GAVI) Partners meeting. Veneman will round up her trip to India with a visit to an innovative child survival project in the state of Rajasthan.
In Delhi, Veneman will open the Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunization (GAVI) Partners meeting where UNICEF and WHO will present the funding requirements and potential impact of immunization over the next ten years.
Veneman also assumes the chairmanship of the GAVI Board as it enters a new phase of operation which, in addition to introducing new and under-used vaccines into the poorest countries, will focus on integration of other life-saving interventions into immunization programmes.
Approximately 350-400 participants are expected at the meeting, including Bill and Melinda Gates, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg of Norway, vaccine manufacturers, health ministers and other high-level government officials.
Participants at the Partner’s Meeting included UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman, Indian Health Minister Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss, Bill and Melinda Gates, Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg of Norway.
While in India, Veneman will also meet with children affected by HIV/AIDS as part of UNICEF’s campaign to put children at the center of the global response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
To mark the anniversary of the Tsunami, Veneman will open a Joint UN Tsunami photo exhibit with tsunami-affected children. While in India, she will meet with The President of India Dr. A. Kalam, the Minister of Human Resource Development Mr. Arjun Singh and the Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Dr. A. Ramadoss. She is also scheduled to meet with the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, UN colleagues and key NGO partners in India.
Veneman will round up her trip to India with a visit to an innovative child survival project in the state of Rajasthan. The UNICEF-supported project delivers many interventions such as routine immunization, water and sanitation and education that are vital to a child’s survival and protection.