Unicef Chief Decides To Resign Over Health Concerns: UN
Henrietta Fore, executive director of UN Children’s Fund (Unicef), has informed the UN secretary-general of her intention to resign, “to devote herself to a family health issue,” the United Nations announced on Tuesday.
“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 said she would continue in the top job until the end of the Executive Board cycle this year and the opening of the UN General Assembly in September, and will remain “until my successor has been chosen”.
“As a result of her leadership, Unicef is now an organization with a broader array of public and private sector partnerships and a bolder focus on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. She has also contributed enormously to efforts to build a UN system with a much stronger focus on inclusion and organizational culture. The secretary-general thanks Fore for her outstanding work to address the extraordinary challenges facing children and young people around the world,” the statement added.
Fore took up the position of Unicef executive director on January 1, 2018, and will remain in her post until her successor is appointed, according to the statement.