Bush associate in top UNICEF job.
Veneman succeeds Carol Bellamy who was an anathema to the Bush administration. UNICEF supporters fear that the agency would take on the Bush administration policies and limit the agency's programs on AIDS prevention, sexual health and condoms. In January Veneman told reporters that social issues such as reproductive health were "irrelevant" to UNICEF'S mission, a remark that many interpreted as signalling a change in UNICEF'S drive to promote family planning. More recently, she said that "We're not going to change UNICEF' S position."
Veneman has been visiting Malawi, Swaziland and South Africa on her first trip to Africa as agency head. Adult HIV prevalence in Swaziland is above 40 percent, and Malawi is struggling with a 14 percent infection rate.
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|Title Annotation:||CHILD & FAMILY; United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Jun 20, 2005|
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