UNICEF Senior Adviser on Children with Disabilities: Rosangela Berman-Bieler

February 17, 2011

Dear Colleagues,

Following the formal announcement by the Executive Director at the Executive Board on February 8th, I am pleased to provide you with more information on the appointment of Ms. Rosangela Berman-Bieler as UNICEF's Senior Adviser on Children with Disabilities, in the Gender, Rights and Civic Engagement Section of the Division of Policy and Practice, New York Headquarters.

Rosangela is a Brazilian journalist, publisher and disability rights advocate, who is known internationally for her work on disability issues. She founded the first Independent Living Centre in Brazil in the 1980s, and is also founder and president of the Inter-American Institute on Disability and Inclusive Development, an NGO created to promote social, economic and political empowerment and participation in the LAC Region, and in Portuguese speaking countries in Africa . Rosangela has worked as a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank and various UN agencies, focusing on disability, inclusive development and poverty alleviation in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa . One of her most notable
achievements is helping to develop the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Within the Equity focus and across the five Focus Areas of the Medium Term Strategic Plan, Rosangela will contribute her extensive expertise on mainstreaming disability and her strong advocacy and networking experience, to help ensure that the principles and practice of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities are incorporated in UNICEF's advocacy, programming and humanitarian work. Working with all Regions and Offices/Divisions, she will provide strategic leadership and act as an advocate and facilitator of good practices and innovative action to support UNICEF's fulfillment of its mandate to promote and protect the rights of children with disabilities, and its commitment to be an inclusive organization.