UN Women Executive Board's first visit to Viet Nam focuses on development priorities for gender equality

Date: Monday, December 8, 2014

Executive Board Bureau in Viet Nam
Members of the UN Women Executive Board tour the new Green One UN House building in Hanoi Viet Nam during their first official visit to the country. Photo: UN Women/Chau Doan

Ha Noi The Executive Board Bureau of UN Women began its first official visit to Viet Nam today. During the trip, the Bureau will seek to enhance Bureau members’ understanding of how UN Women cooperates with the Government of Viet Nam in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women. This is the first field visit ever organized for the Bureau of the UN Women Executive Board.

During their five-day visit, the Bureau will meet with Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Pham Thi Hai Chuyen, Minister of Justice Ha Hung Cuong, Chair of the Parliament Committee for Social Affairs Truong Thi Mai and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ha Kim Ngoc. Other meetings with high-ranked Government officials are scheduled with leaders in Da Nang City and Hue City, along with leaders of the Supreme Court and civil society organization representatives. The discussions will focus on UN Women-supported efforts to enhance gender equality and women’s empowerment, as well as reduce the country’s gender gaps.

While in Da Nang, the UN Women Executive Board Bureau will lead a discussion on preventing violence against women with members of the youth clubs on preventing gender-based violence at Sport University. During the discussion, the Executive Board Bureau will underscore UN Women’s commitment to support the Government in preventing and eliminating violence against women and girls.

The trip also includes a meeting with the Vice-President of the Central Women’s Union and leaders of Thua Thien Hue Provincial People’s Committee to highlight the roles of women in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.

UN Women’s Executive Board is the overall governing body of UN Women for operational and cooperation mandates. It provides operational policy guidance to the organization based on General Assembly resolution 64/289. Members of the Executive Board are elected by UN Member States for a period of three years. The delegation to Viet Nam includes the following members:

Executive Board President:

  • H.E. Mr. Gonzalo Koncke Pizzorno, Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of Uruguay

Vice-Presidents:

  • Ms. Kadra Ahmed Hassan, First Counsellor of the Permanent Mission of Djibouti
  • Ms. Helen Beck, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of Solomon Islands
  • Ms. Daria Wolosiuk, Second Secretary of the Permanent Mission of Poland
  • Ms. Amy Haddad, Counsellor Development of the Permanent Mission of Australia