Latin American Women Leading U.N.

By Dialogo
October 01, 2010



Former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet heads the new U.N. Women agency
dedicated to promoting and protecting the rights of women. This agency merges four
U.N. agencies on women and gender issues into a single organization. The U.N. set a
target date of January 2011 to become fully operational with an initial budget of
$500 million.
“Ms. Bachelet brings to this critical position a history of dynamic global
leadership, highly honed political skills, and uncommon ability to create consensus
and focus among U.N. agencies and many partners in both the public and private
sector,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters during the September 2010
announcement.
In early 2010, Ban appointed Costa Rican-born Christiana Figueres as
executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change. Figueres, an
international leader on global climate change, has a wealth of experience with the
public, nonprofit and private sectors and served as a negotiator for both the U.N.
Framework Convention on Climate Change and Kyoto Protocol.
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