Ms Bellamy’s nomination was confirmed at the EFA-FTI Board meeting of 4 November 2009 in Rome, Italy, following a competitive selection process, and will be effective as of 1 December 2009. The appointment will run through to the end of December 2012.
In her new position, Ms Bellamy will provide leadership for the EFA-FTI, a global partnership of more than 30 major donors, agencies and civil society organizations working to ensure progress towards universal primary education by 2015. The Secretariat for the partnership is housed by the World Bank. UNESCO is a standing member of the EFA-FTI Steering Committee.
The Director-General noted that Ms Bellamy is a well-known international advocate for children's education and children's rights. She served as UNICEF Executive Director from 1995 to 2005 and Director of the US Peace Corps from 1993 to 1995. More recently, she was President and CEO of World Learning, a US-based international organization that promotes international learning and development in over 75 countries.
“Dr Bellamy’s leadership will be a tremendous asset to this important partnership,” the Director-General stated. “I am confident that her vast experience will be instrumental in helping protect the gains made in education since 2000, and in encouraging expanded access to quality education for all,” he added.
Mr Matsuura underscored the importance of UNESCO remaining actively engaged in the initiative. “Since the establishment of the EFA-FTI in 2002, UNESCO has been influential in expanding its focus and encouraging more attention to qualitative issues. By hosting the full-time working chair of the EFA-FTI, we are confident that we will further strengthen both our impact and our role as coordinator,” he concluded.
Author(s): Office of the Spokesperson - Source: Flash Info N° 228-2009 - Publication Date: 10-11-2009