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In an April 7 ceremony in Paris, Carol Bellamy ’68 was made a chevalier in the Legion of Honor in recognition of her service from 1995 to 2005 as executive director of UNICEF, the children’s agency of the United Nations. Created by Napoleon Bonaparte, the Légion d’honneur is France’s oldest and highest distinction. In recent years, Law School professors Theodor Meron and Ronald Noble as well as NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly (LL.M. ’74) have also received the medal.
Bellamy has crisscrossed the private and public sectors throughout her career, having worked as a corporate lawyer for Cravath, Swaine & Moore, a managing director at Bear Stearns, a principal at Morgan Stanley, a New York state senator, president of the New York City Council, and director of the U.S. Peace Corps.
French Secretary of State Alain Joyandet presented the medal “to pay tribute to [Bellamy’s] commitment to the cause of children all over the world.” He praised Bellamy for her “intense and tireless contribution…at the head of UNICEF to fight discrimination against children and advocate for the recognition of their rights.”
Bellamy is president and CEO of World Learning, a Vermont-based nonprofit organization that seeks to help Americans become more effective global citizens through study abroad, graduate education, and community projects.
“Being at the head of UNICEF was an honor and a privilege. I can think of no work that is more vital to humanity than ensuring that children everywhere survive their early years and grow up with health, dignity, and peace.”
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