Nov Update: “Adolescent Brain”; CF-46 Web site status; Request CF/EXDs; New book on JP Grant


Recent book: A Mighty Purpose: How Jim Grant Sold the World on Saving Its Children Oct 13, 2015  by Adam Fifield is available in paper from Amazon and also kindle electronic. format

 ** Direct member  comments at web site is still “disrupted”.. but Web admin can still post. For example, suggestions  at extranet-for-former-staff-subjects-and-digest-options/

Below initially went on Thur 12 Nov to informal NE Americas email list + Michele Siegel and May-Thi Kha of DOC who are now following up issues related to communication and cooperation with former staff etc.. If want to be added to informal email list for periodic or last minute NE Americas updates etc., inform SheilaB-T and/ or AdhirathaK.
This message is Bcc to “all members” of Oscar administrated “all” list, so whole list not overwhelmed if “reply all”. 


Sent: Thu, Nov 12, 2015 5:20 pm
Subject: Frances Jensen + T. Lake, The Adolescent Brain, MONDAY 16 Nov 2015, 3pm UNICEF NY Conversation

Former staff and friends are invited to:  Conversations with Thought Leaders: Frances Jensen and Tony Lake , The Adolescent Brain, 16 Nov 2015, 300 pm – 4.00 pm, UNICEF House Danny Kaye Visitors Center  see attached poster for more details

More including video of event now at:

To : adhiratha  … please find the invitation to our next Conversations scheduled for Monday 16 November from 3-4 pm.Thank you for advertising with our colleagues and sharing in your network.  We look forward to seeing you there!!     All the best,  Katell.    From  Katell Le Goulven



Note:  disruption of former staff site – members could not post or comment:

(problem fixed see status update:

We had been sending a summary email about every 4 to 6 weeks to all .It included a few lines from recent posts at former staff web site and provided a link for more information. We received positive feedback that once a month is about the right periodicity without overwhelming those who just most interested in something specific  – like info on recently passed colleagues or up coming travel/ reunion plans. Sometimes we would also send an additional email blast to all if info came at last minute that something would be webcast. Also sent to Sheila’s personal North East list if event invite was for last minute in NY.

However, we decided not to do another monthly or quarterly update until we hear back from colleagues ……..Aside from having “unicef” embedded in the site name which we have proposed to change by year end (to cf- or ) we also need to know what content not liked in the site. We don’t want to get back up (or even move the content to a new site) and be ….disrupted again… . Especially since there was no advanced notice given …or specifics mentioned…Who wants to be telling other former staff to self-censor based on possible slights or invisible criteria? ……

Recent Post  to former staff web site using admin access:

Executive Directives CF/EXD samples from 1960s to 2002 in PDF format

“In response to request for samples of CF/EXD Executive Directives of UNICEF  the following list shows some issuances already in PDF document format to download.

Also displayed first page in jpg format of Four:

  • EXD Henry Labouisse on Capacity Study of UNICEF -1969
  • EXD James Grant first Message to Staff 1980
  • EXD Carol Bellamy Preparations for 2001 – The UN Special Session on Children and the Global Movement for Children

(if scans were in black and white or of photo copies, black letters on red background don’t show well. That is reason the doc number & date appear in small white background box on the right of the last two samples.)

  • Dep EXD Karin Lokhag (Sham Poo) – Organizational Filing  -which has the “red” masthead some wanted to see in color. 

This message is bcc to “all members” of Oscar administrated list, so whole list not overwhelmed if many “reply all”..

About adhiratha

I joined the UN Secretariat in 1973 and UNICEF in 1974. During 2005-2006 I was on loan from UNICEF to UN Secretariat for special projects and between 2007 to 2010 was a consultant specialist for UNFPA. Have also been consultant or unpaid volunteer for various NGO's . My fathers favorite quote from Sri Chinmoy was : "There is only one perfect road and that road is ahead of you ,, Always Ahead of you...". Association with organizations that seek to implement the UN Charters goal of practical "oneness" feels like an inner connection or reality that is not time or position bound.
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