The UN said on Tuesday that Henrietta Fore, executive director of the UN Children’s Fund (Unicef), has informed the UN secretary-general of her desire to quit “to devote herself to a family health issue.”
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed his full understanding of Fore’s decision and “accepted it, with deep regret,” according to a statement attributed to his spokesperson. Executive Director Fore and her family received his gratitude and best wishes.
Ms. Fore’s inspirational leadership of UNICEF and her service to improving the lives of children all across the globe has earned the secretary-heartfelt general’s gratitude. He emphasized Unicef’s crucial role in the worldwide response to Covid-19 and in reinventing education in particular.
Unicef is now an institution with a greater range of public and private sector collaborations and a bolder focus on attaining the Sustainable Development Goals as a result of her leadership. She has also made a significant contribution to attempts to create a UN system that places a greater emphasis on inclusion and organizational culture.
The secretary-general expresses his gratitude to Fore for her remarkable efforts to address the extraordinary problems that children and young people face around the world.
According to the announcement, Fore took over as executive director of Unicef on January 1, 2018, and will remain in the position until her successor is named.