Bangladeshi diplomat elected UNICEF president

Diplomatic Correspondent | Published at 10:42pm on January 15, 2020

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Rabab Fatima

Bangladesh permanent representative and ambassador to the United Nations Rabab Fatima was unanimously elected as the president of the executive board of the United Nations Children’s Fund at an election held at the UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday.

Bangladesh was earlier elected to the UNICEF executive board for the term 2019–2021, representing the group of Asia-Pacific Sates, according to a foreign ministry press release. She said in her acceptance speech that the new executive board would work to bring new ideas to uplift the wellbeing of children and fight for their rights.

Rabab, who joined the foreign ministry as a Bangladesh Civil Service cadre officer in 1986, was Bangladesh ambassador to Japan prior to her appointment as the Bangladesh permanent representative to the United Nations in New York.

She worked in various capacities in the foreign ministry in Dhaka and Bangladesh Missions in New York, Geneva, Kolkata and Beijing.

She also served in lien with two international organisations—the Commonwealth Secretariat, London and International Organisation for Migration. Rabab has a master’s degree in international relations and diplomacy from Tufts University, USA.