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Caryl Stern Book Group

— The last time my friend Mindy Grossman and I spent a significant amount of time together, our bus was bouncing us along a dusty, rutted road in Senegal. This time, we were sitting in armchairs under bright studio lights, waiting for the cameras to roll. Mindy, when she’s not visiting UNICEF programs in West Africa […]

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Bill Gates’ Annual Letter and UNICEF


— Bill Gates released his “annual letter” today, presenting a candid take on the work and learnings of his foundation. His 2013 focus? Measurement. Gates cites UNICEF and its beloved former Executive Director James Grant as “the best example of picking an important goal and using measurement to achieve it.” Though Grant is not a household name, Gates maintains that “(his) impact on the world is as significant as any profit-driven leader like Henry Ford or Thomas Watson.”

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Field Visit: On the Road With NBA Stars in Kenya

Dikembe Mutumbo in Kenya. © UNICEF/2012/Torfinn

— From the photos that accompany this blog post, you’ll see that I’ve been traveling with a group of really tall men. Last week, NBA greats Dikembe Mutombo, Luc Mbah a Moute, and Nick Collison were on the road with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF on a field visit to UNICEF projects in northern Kenya. They visited refugee camps at Kakuma, medical facilities in Makutano, and children’s shelters in Lodwar.
But what I’ve learned about these men is that it isn’t their extraordinary height that makes them remarkable, or the fact that each can palm an infant as easily as they can palm a basketball—it’s their super-sized hearts.

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Caryl Stern: Keeping the promise

U.S. Fund for UNICEF President and CEO Caryl M. Stern joined volunteers in welcoming U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the Committing to Child Survival: A Promised Renewed event. | Photo by Stephen Elliot

— Zero has never been closer. Last week, more than 700 leaders from 80 countries came to Washington, D.C. to pledge to work together to end preventable child deaths within a generation. I felt deeply proud to see so many people bolstering the fight for child survival. Ending preventable child deaths takes hard work, advocacy, persistence, and endless amounts of energy. Let’s use the invigoration of last week to propel our mission forward. There will be setbacks, of course, and there will be emergencies and other unforeseen events that demand our attention. But we cannot allow ourselves to stray from our top priority — reaching a day when zero young lives are lost to preventable causes.

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Caryl Stern: A great day for the world’s children

U.S. Fund for UNICEF President and CEO, Caryl M. Stern during a recent visit to Haiti. | Photo by Marco Dormino.

— This is a pivotal moment in UNICEF’s long-running fight for child survival.

Beginning today, world leaders are gathering at the Child Survival Call to Action Forum in Washington, D.C., along with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, USAID and UNICEF, and representatives from other humanitarian and private organizations. Our goal? To forge a commitment to ending preventable child deaths within a generation. This generation. By 2035.

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Caryl Stern: Join us to help every child achieve a fifth birthday

Caryl M. Stern, President & Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Fund for UNICEF at age 5.

— A child’s fifth birthday is a joyful moment for most parents, a milestone marking the passage out of early childhood into the world of pre-K and grade school and upward and onward. Of course, in much of the world, the fifth birthday marks a different kind of milestone — one sometimes greeted with an entirely different sentiment: “my child survived.” That’s because in so many places, for so many beautiful children, just reaching age five alive is a battle, a battle that many don’t win — 21,000 every day, more than 7 million every year. Raising awareness about these children is a key to reaching the day when zero children die from preventable causes. That’s why we’ve partnered with USAID for a new social media campaign: “Every Child Deserves a 5th Birthday.” The idea: post a photo of yourself or your kids at age five. Share it. Friends can do the same and find out about the millions of children who never get a chance to celebrate being five.

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