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U.N. report: Child abuse worldwide problem

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Millions of children worldwide are subject to trafficking, abuse, violence, child labor and other mistreatment, a U.N. report released Tuesday indicated.

UNICEF seeks full access to refugee camps

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, May 20 (UPI) -- The United Nations, demanding full access to Sri Lankan refugee camps, says the number of displaced persons in these shelters may reach 250,000 this week.

U.N. decries 8-year-old girl's marriage

UNITED NATIONS, April 14 (UPI) -- The director of the U.N. Children's Fund says the marriage of an 8-year old Saudi Arabian girl to a 47-year-old man violates the girl's rights.

Children paid heavy price in Gaza conflict

GAZA, March 9 (UPI) -- The head of the U.N. Children's Fund said Monday the recent Israeli-Hamas conflict in Gaza resulted in a heavy price being paid by children.

UNICEF: Under-five death rate drops

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- The death rate for children under age 5 declined in 2007, but much remains to be done to save children's lives, UNICEF officials said Friday.

Child mortality rate drops

NEW YORK, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- UNICEF announced in New York that the annual number of children who die before the age of 5 has dropped to less than 10 million.

Breastfed babies have best survival rates

NEW YORK, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- A study, released in New York by the U.N. Children's Fund, indicates breastfeeding protects infants from diseases.

USDA plans voluntary cattle tracking

WASHINGTON, June 21 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture still has no system to track livestock during an outbreak of infection, such as mad cow disease.

Millions threatened by African drought

UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- U.N. officials warned Tuesday drought in the Horn of Africa has put 8 million people, including 1.5 million children under the age of 5, in danger.

UNICEF: Girls still denied education

NEW YORK, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- A UNICEF report says that girls are the overwhelming majority of the world's children denied even a primary education.

Winter setting aid deadline in Kashmir

MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- United Nations officials say with winter coming on, the Kashmiri earthquake could turn from a catastrophe into a holocaust.

U.N.: Breastfeed essential first 6 months

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- The U.N. Children's Fund says better infant feeding practices could prevent almost one-fifth of all child deaths in the developing world.

U.N. calls for southern Africa aid

UNITED NATIONS, May 25 (UPI) -- U.N. relief officials want to redirect attention to the nations of southern Africa, hard hit by food insecurity and an HIV/AIDS-caused labor shortage.

UNICEF chief retires after 10-year stint

NEW YORK, April 27 (UPI) -- UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy announced her retirement Wednesday as the former investment banker completed a second and final term.

S. Korea cautious on U.S. beef imports

SEOUL, March 6 (UPI) -- South Korea, which banned U.S. and Canadian beef because of mad cow disease, says it will resume beef imports only after it's satisfied with safety.
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Ann Margaret Veneman (born June 29, 1949) is currently the Executive Director of UNICEF. She was the first woman to become the United States Secretary of Agriculture. She announced her resignation as Secretary on November 15, 2004, which took effect on January 20, 2005. On January 18, 2005, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced Secretary Veneman's appointment as the fifth Executive Director of UNICEF. The appointment was made effective with the end of the term of former UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy on May 1, 2005.

Veneman was raised on a peach farm in Modesto, California. Her father, John Veneman, was former undersecretary of Health, Education and Welfare and member of the California State Assembly. She earned her bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California, Davis, a Master of Public Policy from the Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She has also been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (2001); Lincoln University (Missouri) (2003);Delaware State University(2004) and Middlebury College (2006) .

Veneman began her legal career as a staff attorney with the General Counsel's office of the Bay Area Rapid Transit District in Oakland, California, in 1976. In 1978, she returned to Modesto, where she served as a Deputy Public Defender. In 1980, she joined the Modesto law firm of Damrell, Damrell and Nelson, where she was an associate and later a partner.

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