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Save The Children NZ Director on Global Board

Wednesday 1 June 2005

Save The Children New Zealand Director Elected To Global Board

Eighteen years at the helm of Save the Children New Zealand has earned John Bowis a prestigious position on the Board of the International Save the Children Alliance.

This is the first time in Save the Children New Zealand’s 50-year history that New Zealand has been represented at this level.

Returning to Wellington today after traveling to Swaziland for the International Save the Children Alliance Members’ Meeting and project visits to Mozambique and Kenya, Mr Bowis said he was humbled by the appointment.

“I have a very privileged position, working alongside other national Directors from Save the Children in Norway, Sweden, Japan, Romania, the UK and the US to oversee the work of Save the Children worldwide,” he said. “This includes long-term development projects, emergency relief, advocacy and implementing a global strategy on child rights.”

The International Save the Children Alliance represents the world’s largest independent global movement for children, with Save the Children organisations in 27 countries and operational programmes in over 111. The Members of the International Save the Children Alliance (of which Save the Children New Zealand is one) work together by pooling resources, establishing common positions on issues and carrying out joint projects – all in the best interests of children – to the value of over NZ$1.1 billion per annum.

“As an International Save the Children Alliance Board Member, I will gain a closer understanding of the real impact of Save the Children’s work in areas such as HIV/AIDS, basic education, child protection and the Indian Ocean tsunami recovery,” said Mr Bowis. “It also provides an opportunity for New Zealand to contribute more effectively towards the policy and activities of a major development organisation.

International Save the Children Alliance Chair Barry Clarke, who is visiting New Zealand later this month, was also elected to the Board for another three years.

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