Catherine Russell has been appointed Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).


Catherine Russell has been appointed Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Catherine Russell is currently a senior official in the administration of US President Joe Biden, has been appointed Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Mrs. Catherine Russell. Photo: news.un.org

Ms. Russell, 60, is currently the director of presidential personnel in the White House Office and is an assistant to the president, a United Nations spokeswoman said.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appointed Ms. Russell to replace Henrietta Fore, an American, who resigned in July to spend time taking care of her ailing husband.

Throughout her career, Ms. Russell has been an advocate for women and girls as a Senior Adviser on the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and as an ambassador for women’s issues. women globally under President Barack Obama.

A statement released by the White House on the same day of December 10 expressed confidence that Ms. Russell, as head of UNICEF, will bring safer and better lives for children around the world.

UNICEF is a United Nations agency run by a 36-member board of directors representing five regional groups of countries, including Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia-Pacific, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean. Europe. UNICEF is an organization that protects children’s rights with presence in 190 countries and territories around the world, operating with a total budget of about 22.8 billion USD for the last 3 years, from 2018 to 2021.