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Zena Harman Elected Chairman of United Nations Children’s Fund

April 27, 1964
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Zena Harman, Israel’s representative on the executive board of UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, was this weekend elected, unopposed, to the post of chairman of the executive board. It was the first time a delegate of Israel had been elected as chairman or president of an international agency of the United Nations.

Her nomination was proposed by Mexico and seconded by the United States, and the election took place at a special session at UN headquarters in New York of the executive board, presided over by the delegate of Nigeria. The session was called to elect the officers and committees of the 30-nation board for 1964.

Mrs. Harman is the wife of Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. Avraham Harman, and in recent years has served as Israel’s representative on the UNICEF board, its first vice-chairman of the board’s 14-nation Program Committee. She has also served as a member of Israel’s Delegation to the United Nations and its representative on the Third (Social, Cultural and Humanitarian) Committee, the Committee’s rapporteur, and a member of the Commission on the Status of Women, as well as a vice-president of the International Council of Women and a member of the executive committee of the International Conference of Social Work.

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