Grenada has been elected to the Executive Board of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
On 20 April 2021, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) elected Grenada, by acclamation, for the 3-year term 2022-2024. Grenada secured the only seat available to the Latin America and Caribbean Group and joins 13 other countries elected to serve on the Executive Board beginning 1 January 2022.
The Executive Board is the governing body of UNICEF, providing intergovernmental support and oversight to the organisation, in accordance with the overall policy guidance of the United Nations General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council.
In the Caribbean region, UNICEF works on leadership for inspiring a common vision of children’s rights and ensuring that every right of the child is fulfilled. Grenada brings to the board of UNICEF its experiences in programming and its ongoing approach for advocacy for every child.
The UNICEF Executive Board is made up of 36 members, elected with due regard to, inter alia, merits, equitable geographical representation, and other relevant factors, with a view to ensuring the most effective and broadest representation.
Grenada’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Keisha Mc Guire has welcomed the country’s new role on the UNICEF board.
She said, “UNICEF has played an integral role in the development agenda, particularly with social protection in the region. It is one of the more visible UN agencies in the Caribbean and with Grenada having a seat at the table, this will enable us to have our perspectives shared at the highest level in the agency’s work. It will also serve to lift Grenada’s profile within the agency, among our regional peers and on the global stage.”
Director of the Child Protection Authority, Yvonne Da Breo has also welcomed Grenada’s election to the Executive Board of UNICEF. She said, “This is very significant for Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique, as it will allow us to contribute to the development of legislation and policies pertaining to children on a global scale. Further, it will enable Grenada to benefit from best practices around the world, adopting and adapting practices where necessary, to ensure that we safeguard the welfare of children in Grenada.”
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