09.11.2010 - UNESCOPRESS

Director-General attends Fall Session of the CEB at the United Nations

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova participated on 5 November 2010, in the meeting of the United Nations Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB), chaired by the UN Secretary-General.

The CEB devoted a large part of its formal session to the newly established gender entity, UN-Women.

Ms Michelle Bachelet, UN-Women Executive Director and former President of Chile, addressed the Board for the first time to present her strategic vision for the work of the organization. She underlined that UN-Women is not only the consolidation of four existing UN entities, it is “a new structure, a new ambition and a new culture”.

Joining the Secretary-General and the other CEB members in congratulating Ms Bachelet on her appointment, the Director-General underscored that good coordination and cooperation will be the key to the success of UN-Women. She also stated that attention to gender equality was the missing link for accelerating progress towards the achievement of all the MDGs and informed the participants that UNESCO held a Conference to address this topic in Athens last September.

During its private meeting, Members of the Board received a briefing from the President of the World Bank, the Deputy Managing Director of the IMF, and the Executive Heads of WTO, ILO and UNCTAD on the current world economic situation.

The Director-General also attended the CEB Retreat on 6 November which was an opportunity for the Executive Heads to exchange their views on the implementation of the MDGs in light of the MDG Summit last September.

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