Iran’s Permanent Ambassador to the United Nations Mohammad Khazaei has been elected as member of the Executive Board of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). Khazaei, who had been nominated by the body’s Asia group, was elected as one of the five presiding members of the UNICEF Executive Board through a voting which was carried out at the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on Friday.
The Executive Board is the governing body of the UNICEF which provides intergovernmental support and oversight to the organization in accordance with the overall policy guidance of the United Nations General Assembly and the ECOSOC.It also reviews UNICEF activities and approves its policies, country programs and budgets. The body comprises 36 members representing five regional groups of member states at the United Nations. The Executive Board meets three times a year at the United Nations headquarters in New York. The first meeting of UNICEF's Executive Board in 2013 is slated for February 5-8. AR/SS