The opening session convened on March 10 at the UN Headquarters, was filled with representatives from all over the world.
Opening remarks were held by Chairman for the 58th session of the Commission, Mr. Libran N. Cabactulan. He was followed by introductory remarks from Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, and Executive Director of UN Women, Mrs Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.
Cabactulan welcomed distinguished guests, member states and organisations, and emphasized how important it is with an open discussion on the gaps and challenges on women`s progress in society.
Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon stated that he was committed to lead by example. -Today, the top development, human rights and humanitarian officials of the United Nations, and the heads of disarmament, peacebuilding support and peacekeeping support, are all women, said the Secretary General.
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka emphasized how important it is to mobilize everyone in the fight towards gender equality: youth, media, private sector, men and boys. Further, she focused on the ongoing social media campaign “He for She”, organized by UN Women.
Deputy Foreign Minister Mr. Hans Brattskar, and Permanent Representative to the UN, Mr. Geir O. Pedersen attended the opening session on behalf of Norway.