Georgetown School of Foreign Service professor Anthony Lake is one step closer to being officially named the head of UNICEF, the U.N.’s children’s agency, having been approved by U.N. Chief Ban Ki Moon as his nomination for UNICEF chief.
The Associated Press reports that UNICEF’s board is expected to approve of the selection. The chief of UNICEF has always been an American, largely because the U.S. is UNICEF’s greatest contributor.
Ban said that Lake “brings with him a wealth of experience after a long and distinguished career with the United States government.”
U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice said that he “will bring extraordinary experience, strategic vision, passion and energy to UNICEF’s essential work.”
“Over the course of his remarkable career, he has dedicated himself to advancing the rights, protection, welfare, development, and education of children,” she said.
The U.S. named Lake as its nomination for UNICEF head in February. His predecessor, if he is approved by the board, Ann Veneman, is due to step down on April 30.
Lake was a foreign policy adviser to both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama during their presidential campaigns, and he surprised some when he endorsed Obama over Hillary Clinton in 2008. Lake had been rumored for several positions in the Obama government, but in March of 2009, Lake told the Voice he has been reluctant to reenter government, even while advising the Obama campaign.