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Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the African Women Leaders Network: Second Women Leaders Forum for Africa’s Transformation

Thursday, May 3, 2018

[As delivered] Excellencies, Distinguished members of the panel, Ladies and gentlemen, We are here to mark the start of this African Women Leaders Network. This Network has a vital mission: to have African women take their vital place in transforming Africa and the world. It is committed to making sure that we support and align with the African Union and AU leaders in their mission to champion the implementation of regional and international commitments to peace, security, development... More

Address delivered on behalf of Special Envoy Said Djinnit at the UNWOMEN East and Southern Regional Symposium on Women Peace and Security

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Distinguished Guests Colleagues Ladies and Gentlemen, I am delighted to be here today to address you and speak on behalf of the United Nations Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region, Mr. Said Djinnit, who wished he could have been here at the opening of this Symposium, but could not, due to prior commitments with a parallel event that is taking place with the UN Youth Special Envoy.  I would like on his behalf, to take this opportunity to commend UN WOMEN for convening this... More

Opening remarks by UN Women Executive Director at the 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

[As delivered] Chair of the Commission on the Status of Women, Secretary-General of the UN, in absentia, President of ECOSOC, President of the General Assembly, The Ministers represented here are most welcome, including a former minister, Ăsa Regnér of Sweden, who is now UN Assistant Secretary-General designate at UN Women, Women and girl activists from rural areas, as well as representatives of activists who work in rural areas, Colleagues, ladies and gentlemen. ... More

Speech by the Executive Director: The new Strategic Plan—time for bold changes

Thursday, August 31, 2017

[As delivered]   Madame President,  Members of the Executive Board,  Distinguished delegates,  Colleagues and friends, Thank you so much, Madame President, for a very inspiring and encouraging presentation. It is hard to believe that this is the last Executive Board session presided over by yourself. It has been an intense but very fast year. Thank you so much for all your support and your dedication as President of the Executive Board; for your constructive and open... More

Speech: “As Africa, we need to be a leading positive catalyst”—Executive Director

Monday, January 30, 2017

[As delivered] Let me thank all of you for the fruitful discussion we have had on the important topics covering the opportunities and challenges that are presented by Africa’s demographic profile. I thank you too for our pre-CSW 61 discussions, and the plans we are engaged in that aim at building one strong African voice for CSW 61. It is a voice that will make sure that African concerns are well-considered in the Agreed Conclusions; a voice that will make sure that Africa&rsquo... More

Speech: Ensuring that the world of work works better for the women of Africa

Monday, January 30, 2017

[As delivered] Thank you very much, Madame Regional Director, and previous speakers. I do want to thank Ethiopia for hosting us so graciously, ECA for accommodating us so warmly, and the African Union for the support, and for the remarks of the Chairperson. Excellencies, Ministers, I think it is appropriate as Africans that we welcome our guests, Mrs. Karen Ellemann, the Honourable Minister for Equal Opportunities from Denmark, and Mr Sven Mikser, the Minister for Foreign Affairs from... More

Speech: “We have opportunities as much as we have challenges”—Executive Director

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Date:  26 January 2017 [As delivered] Chairperson of the African Union (AU), Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Honourable Ministers, Representatives of civil society and the private sector, our dynamic young leaders, our colleagues from the United Nations system, our partners in the countries that are supporting this event, ladies and gentlemen, let me start by congratulating all of you for the successful hosting of this 9th African Union Gender Pre-Summit. Congratulations... More

Opening Remarks by Ms. Simone ellis Oluoch-Olunya, UN Women Deputy Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa during the 2016 Regional ShareFair on Gender and Resilience

Monday, November 14, 2016

Today I am extremely delighted to welcome you to the Sharefair on Gender and Resilience. More

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