What challenges does the incoming UNICEF chief face?
*This article originally appeared in DevEx.
When Henrietta Fore steps down from the top job at UNICEF later this year, she will be leaving an agency that faces an ever-growing number of challenges, from protracted conflicts to various health and educational setbacks for children caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has yet to announce Fore’s successor, who will likely be an American and will be chosen behind closed doors, just as other top U.N. officials and agency heads are typically selected. But some experts see this moment as an opportunity for a new process, with greater transparency.
“Anyone who comes into the role will need to continue to grapple with what these challenges mean and what strong leadership is needed to really help move forward through this moment to better protect the health and well-being of the world’s children.”Kiki Kalkstein, director of advocacy and engagement at Global Health Council.
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