[Reprinted from UN Webcast.]
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today named former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet to head UN Women, a newly created entity to oversee all of the world body’s programmes aimed at promoting women’s rights and full participation in global affairs.
The new body ? which will receive a large boost in funding and become operational in January ? merges 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).