On 14 September, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon named former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet as Under-Secretary-General to head UN Women, the new agency that will bring together four existing UN bodies.
Mr. Ban said in announcing Ms. Bachelet’s appointment that he wanted UN Women to be a “powerful, dynamic and effective entity.”
“I am confident that under her strong leadership we can improve the lives of millions of women and girls across the world.”
On 2 July 2010, the General Assembly unanimously adopted the resolution that created the new entity. The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) brings together and builds on the work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system: the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW), the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women (OSAGI) and the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM).
Michelle Bachelet Jeria, a doctor of medicine, became the first woman president of Chile in 2006.
For further information, see the UN Women website.
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