New UN Women Chief

September 30, 2010 • Daily Email Recap

From the UN’s e-Newsletter.

Former Chilean president Bachelet to head new UN Women’s agency

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet to head United Nations Women (UN Women), a newly created entity to oversee all of the world body’s programs aimed at promoting women’s rights and full participation in global affairs.

The new body – which will become operational next January – will merge four UN agencies and offices: the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues, and the UN International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (UN-INSTRAW).

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