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UNICEF: Anthony Lake Sworn in As Executive Director

NEW YORK, USA, 3 May 2010 As Anthony Lake assumes his new role as UNICEF's sixth Executive Director, he builds upon a solid foundation formed by the organization's 60-plus years of child-rights advocacy, as well as his own wealth of international experience. Appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon following what Mr. Ban called "a long and distinguished career with the United States Government," Mr. Lake has worked on a wide range of foreign policy, national security and humanitarian issues. During a ceremony this morning at UN headquarters in New York, Mr. Lake was sworn into office by Mr. Ban. "Peace and security are the foundation of a world fit for children," said Mr. Lake. "Wars not only kill children, they breed disease and destroy economic hope. And in the end, real peace is not found in a piece of diplomatic paper. It is found in the secure and healthy lives of girls and boys."

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