May 8, 2015, 10:58 AM
"I am excited to be joining UNICEF. I look forward to working with our exceptional staff and our many partners to advance children's rights around the world," Mr. Lake remarked on his first day in office.
On announcing the appointment on 16 March 2010, the Secretary-General noted that Mr. Lake brings with him "a wealth of experience after a long and distinguished career with the
Mr. Lake has worked with leaders and policy makers across the world. As National Security Advisor (1993 - 1997) under President Bill Clinton, and as State Department Director of Policy Planning in the Carter administration (1977 - 1981), he managed the full range of foreign policy, national security, and humanitarian and development issues. In 2007-2008, he served as a senior foreign policy advisor to the presidential campaign of Barack Obama.
"His commitment to peace and security are hallmarks of his career. After leaving government in 1997, he served as the United States President's Special Envoy to
"Peace and security are the foundation of a world fit for children. 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. If we improve their lives today, we help them inherit a better tomorrow," said Mr. Lake, the release quoted Mr. Lake as saying.
"At their heart, the Millennium Development goals are about giving the world’s most vulnerable children a better chance to reach their full potential - whether it's improving maternal and child health, increasing gender parity in education, or eradicating hunger. We've got a lot of urgent work ahead, leading up to, and beyond, the 2015 MDG targets we've set for ourselves. And I believe we can do it - with political commitment, sound strategies, adequate investment and the engagement of a global community," said Mr. Lake.
Mr. Lake's ties with UNICEF are long-standing. He served for nine years on the Board of the US Fund for UNICEF, including as Chair of the Board from 2004 to 2007. Under his chairmanship, the
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He is married and has three children and five grandchildren.