Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: UNICEF Chief arrives this week

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Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) will visit Sri Lanka on Thursday (January 30).
The impact of the armed conflict on children and the protection of children will be the focal point of her visit here.

During her three-day visit Ms. Bellamy will call on President Chandrika Kumaratunga, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and several other dignitaries.

She will also meet Government and LTTE representatives in the Wanni and in Jaffna.

Visiting UNICEF assisted projects, attending the launch of the Media Campaign Against Child Abuse at the National Child Protection Authority, visiting the Bureau for the Protection of Children and Women of the Police Department and meetings with donor country ambassadors and heads of UN Agencies are on the busy schedule for the UNICEF Chief.

Bellamy, who has been at the helm of UNICEF since 1995 has lobbied for the cause of children all over the world and is credited with focusing UNICEF towards five key areas including, immunizing every child, getting children to school, facilitating schools to offer quality basic education, reducing the spread of HIV/AIDs and its impact on young people, campaigning for the protection of children from violence and exploitation as well as introducing early childhood programs in every country.

She was also responsible for encouraging the General Assembly to allow children to take part in the UN Special Session on Children in May 2002.

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