“The late James P. Grant, a little-known American aid worker who headed UNICEF from 1980 to 1995 and launched the child survival revolution with vaccinations and diarrhea treatments, probably saved more lives than were destroyed by Hitler, Mao and Stalin combined” — Nicholas D. Kristof, March 6, 2008
This year marks the 15th anniversary of the passing of James P. Grant, the former Executive Director of UNICEF and global children’s champion. As a Congressional aide, I had the opportunity to see Jim Grant in action as he pressed Senators and Representatives to save children’s lives and to make children a priority of U.S. foreign policy. I later had the privilege to assist him in his advocacy work when I joined the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.
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|A child at a community center in Cote d’Ivoire, shares a book with UNICEF Executive Director Jim Grant.|
The spirit of Jim Grant was very much alive when his friends and former colleagues gathered at the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University to hear from distinguished experts at The James P. Grant Lecture: “An Unfinished Agenda for Children.”