UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore
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Henrietta H. Fore became UNICEF’s seventh Executive Director on 1 January 2018. She has worked to champion economic development, education, health, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in a public service, private sector and non-profit leadership career that spans more than four decades.
From 2007 to 2009, Ms. Fore served as the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Director of United States Foreign Assistance. The first woman to serve in these roles, she was responsible for managing $39.5 billion of U.S. foreign assistance annually, including support to peoples and countries recovering from disaster and building their futures economically, politically and socially.
Earlier in her career at USAID, Ms. Fore was appointed Assistant Administrator for Asia and Assistant Administrator for Private Enterprise (1989-1993). She served on the Boards of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and the Millennium Challenge Corporation. In 2009, she received the Distinguished Service Award, the highest award the Secretary of State can bestow. Read full bio >>
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore on death of 11 children in Kandahar, Afghanistan
NEW YORK/KABUL, 30 April 2018 – “I condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the attack which reportedly killed 11 children this morning while they were studying at a religious school in Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province.
Aid workers released unharmed in South Sudan
NEW YORK/JUBA, South Sudan, 30 April 2018 – Ten aid workers who had been detained by an armed group since Wednesday 25 April, outside of South Sudan’s Yei town were released today. The group returned safely to Juba. They have undergone medical checks and are said to be in good health.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore on continuing violence in Syria
NEW YORK, 8 April 2018 – “There continues to be no respite for the children of Syria. Shelling on Damascus City has reportedly led to civilian casualties and violence has resumed in the besieged enclave of Douma in Eastern Ghouta, with fatal attacks against civilian infrastructure and damage to health facilities.
Message from UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore on efforts to address sexual misconduct
NEW YORK, 9 March 2018 - This is an important moment in time for UNICEF and all the aid sector – a moment to make swift and tangible changes that guarantee a safe environment for all of those who work at – and with – our organizations.
UNHCR and UNICEF chiefs, on joint visit to Lebanon, call for more action to protect and empower Syrian refugee women and girls as world marks International Women’s Day
BEIRUT, 8 March 2018 – With women and girls making up more than half of the registered Syrian refugee population in Lebanon, and with nearly 40 per cent of refugee households in the country headed by women, Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF, called for stronger action to protect and empower women refugees.
Ending SEA and Workplace Harassment
The past weeks have given us an opportunity to have frank discussions about how we live up to UNICEF’s core values like care, respect, equality and trust. These values animate everything our staff members do in communities around the world in support of the world’s children.
UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore introductory remarks at the Solutions Summit, Stakeholders for End Violence Session
STOCKHOLM, 14 February 2018 - Your Majesty Queen Silvia. Your Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria. Prime Minister Löfven. Deputy Secretary General Mohammed. Honoured guests. Young people — young citizens. Welcome, everyone. And a special thank you to Sweden, for hosting this important summit.
Tackling sexual exploitation and abuse of children: Actions and commitments by UNICEF
STOCKHOLM, 14 February 2018 – “Sexual exploitation and abuse of children under any circumstances is reprehensible. No organization is immune from this scourge and we are continuously working to better address it. When it comes to the protection of children, we are determined to act. There is no room for complacency.
East Ghouta, another reminder that there is no respite from nightmare for children in Syria - UNICEF
NEW YORK, 8 February 2018 – “This week, dozens of children have reportedly been killed and many more injured by extreme and intensifying violence in several parts of Syria.
UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore remarks at opening of the February 2018 Executive Board Meeting
NEW YORK, 6 February 2018 – “I begin with a heartfelt “thank you” to the Secretary General and members of UNICEF’s Executive Board for giving me the extraordinary opportunity to lead one of the best, and most consequential, organizations in the world. There is no more important cause than children. As they hold our futures in their hands, we hold their futures in ours. Thank you for lending your commitment and ideas to this mission.
Joint statement: A race against trends
NEW YORK, 6 February 2018 – “Female genital mutilation is many things: A violent act that causes infection, disease, childbirth complications, and even death. A cruel practice that inflicts lasting emotional harm and preys on the most vulnerable, least powerful members of society – girls between infancy and age 15. A violation of human rights that both reflects and perpetuates the low status of girls and women in too many places. A drag on the well-being of communities and economies.
Press Release: 3 in 10 young people in conflict or disaster-stricken countries are illiterate - UNICEF
NEW YORK, 31 January 2018 – Nearly 3 in 10 young people aged between 15 and 24 years old – 59 million – living in countries affected by conflict or disaster are illiterate, triple the global rate, UNICEF said today.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore following two-day visit to conflict-ravaged South Sudan
JUBA/NAIROBI/NEW YORK, 19 January 2018 – “I have just spent two days in South Sudan where I saw firsthand how four years of conflict have left children sick, hungry and on the brink of death.
Press Release: Henrietta Fore becomes new UNICEF Executive Director
NEW YORK, 1 January 2018 – Henrietta Fore takes office today as UNICEF’s seventh Executive Director. Ms. Fore brings to the role more than four decades of private and public sector leadership experience.