Arabang P. (A.P.) Maruping (born 1944) is a Lesotho civil servant and diplomat. She served as Chairman of UNICEF at the international level from 1987 to 1988. She resigned April 1988 and was replaced by Makoto Taniguchi for the remainder of the term.She was also a member of the UNICEF/WHO Joint Committee on Health Policy. In Lesotho she was Director of Health Services. She was also Regional Advisor for Child and Adolescent Health at the WHO Regional Office for Africa.
Lesotho officially the Kingdom of Lesotho is an enclaved country within the border of South Africa. It is just over 30,000 km2 (11,583 sq mi) in size and has a population of around 2 million. Its capital and largest city is Maseru.
The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund was created by the United Nations General Assembly on 11 December 1946, to provide emergency food and healthcare to children in countries that had been devastated by World War II. The Polish physician Ludwik Rajchman is widely regarded as the founder of UNICEF and served as its first chairman from 1946. On Rajchman's suggestion, the American Maurice Pate was appointed its first executive director, serving from 1947 until his death in 1965. In 1950, UNICEF's mandate was extended to address the long-term needs of children and women in developing countries everywhere. In 1953 it became a permanent part of the United Nations System, and the words "international" and "emergency" were dropped from the organization's name, making it simply the United Nations Children's Fund, retaining the original acronym, "UNICEF".
Makoto Taniguchi is a Japanese diplomat and academic, a former Ambassador of Japan to the United Nations and a former Chairman of UNICEF in 1988.
Ann Margaret Veneman was the Executive Director of UNICEF from 2005 to 2010. Her appointment was announced on January 18, 2005 by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Previously, Veneman was the United States Secretary of Agriculture, the first, and as of 2018 the only, woman to hold that position. Veneman served as USDA Secretary from January 20, 2001 to January 20, 2005, leaving to become the fifth executive director of UNICEF. She served in this position from May 1, 2005. A lawyer, Veneman has practiced law in Washington, DC and California, including being a deputy public defender. She has also served in other high level positions in U.S. federal and state government, including being appointed California's Secretary of Food and Agriculture, serving from 1995 to 1999.
Carol Bellamy is the Chair of the Board of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF). Previously, she was Director of the Peace Corps, Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and President and CEO of World Learning. She is also the Chair of children’s rights advocacy organization ECPAT International, working to end the sexual exploitation of children. After three terms in the New York State Senate, she was the first woman to be elected as President of the New York City Council, a position she held until her unsuccessful bid for Mayor of New York in 1985; she was the second to last person to hold this position.
Einfrid Daghild Halvorsen is a Norwegian trade unionist and politician for the Labour Party. She was mayor of Skien from 1983 to 1986, a State Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government and Labour from 1986 to 1987 and Minister of Administration and Consumer Affairs from 1988 to 1989. After quitting politics she worked as secretary-general of Mental Helse from 1991 to 2005.
Khauhelo Deborah Raditapole was a member of the Pan-African Parliament from Lesotho. Raditapole was born in Maseru on 7 August 1938. She had her earlier education in Lesotho, but obtained her Pharmacy degree from Lvov Medical School at Ukraine and completed her higher studies in the US. She worked in a teaching hospital in Tanzania for 10 years as she was denied entry to Lesotho. She returned to Lesotho in 1987 at the invite of the then Health Minister Mokhehle.
Adelaide Helen Grant Sinclair, was a Canadian public servant. She was the second Chairman of the UNICEF Executive Board from 1951 to 1952, and from 1957 to 1967, she was the deputy executive director for programs of UNICEF, and one of the highest ranking women at the United Nations.
Mots'eoa Senyane is the former Lesotho High Commissioner to Canada who served from 2006 to 2009.
Torild Skard is a Norwegian psychologist, politician for the Socialist Left Party, a former Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a former Chairman of UNICEF.
Anne Semamba Makinda is a Tanzanian politician and the first female Speaker of the National Assembly of Tanzania, in office from 2010 to 2015. She was the last Chairman and the first President of UNICEF at the international level from 1993 to 1994.
Rajnikant Shankarrao Arole was born in Supa in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra State, India, on 10 July 1934, the second child of Shankar and Leelawati Salve Arole. His parents were both schoolteachers and his father became Inspector of Schools. The Aroles raised their three sons and four daughters in the faith of the Church of England, inculcating in them Christian ethical and spiritual values that have guided Rajnikant through a lifetime of public service.
Dr. Matshidiso Rebecca Natalie Moeti is a physician, public health specialist and medical administrator. She is the current Regional Director of the WHO Regional Office for Africa (AFRO), headquartered in Brazzaville, the Republic of the Congo. She was appointed to that position on 27 January 2015, by the World Health Organization's Executive Board, sitting at its 136th session, in Geneva, Switzerland. She assumed office on 1 February 2015, to serve a renewable five-year term. This followed the endorsement of the health ministers of the 47 member countries in the Africa Region, at their meeting in Cotonou, Benin, in November 2014. She replaced Dr. Luis Gomez Sambo of Angola, who served as the Director of AFRO from 2005 until 2015.
Rima Salah is a Jordanian high-ranking United Nations official, and a former Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF.
Margarita Diéguez Armas is a Mexican diplomat, and a former Ambassador of Mexico to the United Nations and Chairman of UNICEF.
Lebohang K. Moleko is a Lesotho diplomat. He has served as Lesotho's Ambassador to the United States and as Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York. He served as President of the UNICEF Executive Board at the international level in 2004.
Maurizio Bucci is an Italian diplomat, a former Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York of Italy and a former Chairman of UNICEF (1986–1987).
Haydée Martínez de Osorio is a Venezuelan United Nations official and a former Chairman of UNICEF (1983–1984). She was Director-General of the National Institute for Children in Venezuela and was formerly the UNICEF Area Representative for Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.
Khawaja Zaki Hasan, known as Zaki Hasan or K. Zaki Hasan, is a Pakistani physician, neuropsychiatrist and a former chairman of UNICEF (1979–1980).
Antonio Ordoñez-Plaja (1919–2012) was a Colombian surgeon, sociologist, politician and United Nations official. He served as Minister of Public Health in the Government of Colombia from 1966 to 1970 and as Chairman of UNICEF at the international level from 1976 to 1977.