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INTERNATIONAL FORUM FOR CHILD WELFARE
San José, Costa Rica, December 8, 2004
This letter is to wish you all a very happy Christmas Season.
There is no other season during the year that brings us closer to
children. The image of Christmas is the image of children receiving
gifts, but also the image of children that suffer sickness, poverty,
abandonment and loneliness. It is to these children that we should
direct our thoughts and good actions.
With this thought we close 2004, our fifteenth year and one in
which we completed the "round" of WorldForums in all the major regions
of the world.
We stand ready to greet the New Year and with it some changes
in the Executive Committee as decided by the General Assembly:
On December 31 of 2004 the following members finish their present
Owen Keenan, Special Advisor
Niresh Ramklass, member-at-large
JoyceYen Feng, member-at-large
Bruce Rivers and Elba Montalvo were re-elected for another term
and I have requested Patti Lyons to continue for one more year as
Special Advisor and Ian Calder to become Special Advisor for six
months to ensure a smooth transfer of the treasurer's duties to
Sharon Osborn, our new Treasurer as of January 1, 2005. I am happy
to say that both Patti and Ian have agreed to my request.
To those members that finish their duties at the end of this year,
I offer my special thanks for their support and hard work. To those
that will be in the Executive Committee because of election, re-election
or appointment, I thank you for willing to accompany me during the
A small desk calendar is enclosed with this letter so that IFCW,
and the 2005 WorldForum in Tallinn, Estonia is ever-present in your
personal agenda. Should you wish to receive additional copies, kindly
let me know.
United Nations Calendar .
An updated calendar of 2005 UN meetings of interest to NGOs in
consultative status is now available at the following address: www.un.org/esa/coordination/ngo
. (In the case of meetings with dates "to be determined", these
will be posted at the same address in due time.) We are now able
to request passes to attend any of these meetings in New York, Geneva
or Vienna. However, there is a need to request these passes with
enough anticipation as it does take time to process them. So, if
you have interest in attending any of these meetings please let
me know at your earliest convenience.
Happy New Year .
I close this short letter with my very best wishes for your personal
and corporate success during the coming year. To this, I also add
my special wish for your active involvement in IFCW matters during
the coming weeks and months.
I will to discuss with all of you some of the decisions of the
General Assembly held in Buenos Aires. I hope to do so in the near
Rolando Quirós F.
IFCW * P.O. Box 393-2010 * San José, Costa
Tel: 506 228 6601 * Fax: 506 261 9238 * e-mail
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