UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore on week-long India visit

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New Delhi: UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore will visit India from 30 September to 6 October to see various UNICEF supported programmes.

Fore will hold discussion related to sanitation, health and other children’s issues, future workforce skills development for young people and explore partnership models with business leaders.

During her first official visit to the country, Fore will meet with senior government officials, frontline workers, families, children and young people. Her itinerary also includes meetings with business leaders to seek shared value partnerships with the heads of top corporate houses in the country on the business benefits of investing in children.

“There is no longer debate about the key role of business in building a safer, more sustainable world for children,” Fore said. “There is strong financial evidence that investments in children reap benefits not just for the families and communities benefitting, but also for the governments and corporate partners advancing the cause of children and young people. Doing good is doing good business.”

On October, she delivered keynote remarks at the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention (MGISC), a 4-day event in New Delhi.

Fore will also interact with young people and focus on some of the innovative solutions that support young people’s access to education and skills training for future work.

“Targeted investments in education, skills and economic opportunities for young people hold the potential to radically transform a country’s economic outlook,” said Fore. “Key stakeholders across sectors must work together to scale-up efforts to strengthen ‘school-to-work’ transitions, including exploring new opportunities to train young people through hands-on mentorships and apprenticeships.”

As part of her India visit, Executive Director Fore will travel to Mumbai to attend a ‘Closing Bell’ event at the National Stock Exchange. The programme will emphasize the urgent need for equitable investments in children – one of the best and most valuable long-term investments governments and businesses can make.

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