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Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 19:00

Unfinished Business: The United Nations Children’s Fund in China

Cynthia McCaffrey

Residence of the Ambassador of the Netherlands
10, Sanlitun Dongsi Jie Chaoyang District

朝阳区 三里屯东四街 10 号 荷兰大使官邸

All children in China have a right to survive, thrive and fulfil their potential. UNICEF defends and promotes the rights and wellbeing of the more than 270 million children across China. Since 1979, UNICEF has worked in partnership with the Government of China in education, water and sanitation, child health and nutrition, and child protection for those who are most in need.

In her talk, Ms Cynthia McCaffrey, the UNICEF Representative to China, will take you on UNICEF’s journey in China starting from emergency relief services to children in 1947 and building a rural healthcare system to today’s challenges including (online) child protection and the right to quality and inclusive education.


Cynthia McCaffrey is the UNICEF Representative to China. Prior to moving to Beijing, Ms McCaffery served in New York holding several leadership roles including Director of the Office of Innovation and prior to that as UNICEF’s Chief of Staff.

Ms McCaffrey joined UNICEF in 2001 realizing a dream to support the most effective tool for achieving international development – children. 

Ms McCaffrey began her career in international development with the International Rescue Committee (IRC). She has learned the ins and outs of international assistance through her work as a White House Fellow and serving at USAID and the World Bank. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University and a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Texas LBJ School. Ms McCaffrey’s professional accomplishments pale next to those on the soccer pitch where she coached four championship Manhattan Kickerteams. The only things she enjoys more than coaching, is cheering her daughters as they play soccer and faithfully following her brother’s podcast, Last Exit to Brooklyn. 


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Registration will be closed when we reach the venue’s maximum capacity. The very latest registration is midday (12.00pm) on Tuesday 20 April. We cannot accept RSVPs after this time.

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We would like to inform you that from this year, annual membership will no longer be available due to the uncertainty of these times. Hence, we welcome for a single lecture fee of RMB 100; students with valid ID RMB 50. 

Membership desk open 6:15 pm for 7:00 pm lecture.