Michelle Bachelet, newly appointed leader of UN Women. 
Photo: UN Photo/ Pierre-Michel Virot.Michelle Bachelet, newly appointed leader of UN Women. Photo: UN Photo/ Pierre-Michel Virot

Norway congratulates new UN head of gender equality

9/16/2010 // Norway congratulates Chile’s former President Michelle Bachelet on her appointment as head of the UN’s new entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women - UN Women. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Ms Bachelet as head of UN Women yesterday.

Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre commented:

"Michelle Bachelet has qualities and experience that will make her a strong, result-oriented leader of the efforts on gender equality and the empowerment of women."

This boost to the UN’s gender equality work is a result of the organisation’s reform process where Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg played a key role. Norway has strongly championed the establishment of the new entity and recruitment of a strong leader.

Norwegian Minister of the Environment and International Development Erik Solheim remarked:

"Ms Bachelet is courageous and dedicated. She comes from a modern middle-income country with close ties to countries in both the North and the South. This bodes well for the ongoing efforts in this field."


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