Kul Gautam chairs his last Partnership Board meeting

Mr Kul Gautam, at the Partners' Forum

Addis Ababa 2-3 December 2007 - Mr. Kul Gautam has presided over his final meeting as Chair of the Board of The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health. Mr Gautam was Chair, first to the Interim Steering Committee, and then to the Board of The Partnership from September 2005 until its Board meeting, December 2007 in Addis Ababa. He has passed the Chair to Mrs. Joy Phumaphi, Vice-President of Vice President and head of the Human Development Network at the World Bank.

Mr. Kul Chandra Gautam worked as Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) at its Headquarters in New York until December 2007. Kul was known for providing leadership in strategic planning, programme development, resource mobilization, and promoting partnership for children and development among UN agencies, donors and civil society organizations.

Kul Gautam has led The Partnership from its initiation at The Partnership launch in September 2005 through to its first-even Partners' Forum in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

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Mr. Gautam has had a long and distinguished career with UNICEF. Starting in 1973, he served as Programme Officer in Cambodia and Indonesia, as UNICEF Country Representative in Laos, Haiti, and India, and as Regional Director for Asia and Pacific. He also served as Chief for Latin America and the Caribbean, as Director for Planning, and Director of Programme Division at UNICEF Headquarters in New York.

As Director of Programme Division and Acting Deputy Executive Director (Programme), Mr. Gautam had major responsibility for developing and overseeing policy and programme strategies for UNICEF cooperation in developing countries in the early 1990s.

Mr. Gautam was the key senior UNICEF officer responsible for drafting the Declaration and Plan of Action of the 1990 World Summit for Children, the largest gathering of world leaders in history until that time. In May 2002 he led the organization of another major United Nations conference, the Special Session of the General Assembly on Children attended by 70 world leaders and thousands of child rights activists and civil society leaders, including celebrities and Nobel Prize Laureates.

Mr. Gautam is a citizen of Nepal. He received his higher education in the United States of America, at Dartmouth College, Princeton University, and Harvard University. Mr. Gautam is married and has a daughter and a son.