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Opening remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Annual Session of the Executive Board

Monday, June 22, 2020

In her opening remarks at the UN Women Executive Board Annual Session, Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "Since the Executive Board met for the first regular session of 2020, which was on 14 February, COVID-19 has changed the world. We have responded rapidly to the demands, with agile reprioritization, enabled by the flexibility granted by our partnerships with governments, donors and the other stakeholders that we collaborate with."

Speech: “We must be united to end racism as well as gender inequality”

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Remarks by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director, at the urgent debate on current racially inspired human rights violations, systemic racism, police brutality and the violence against peaceful protest during the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council.

Opening statement by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the 64th session of the Commission on the Status of Women 9 March 2020

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

In her remarks at the 64th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "We have created a world where women are squeezed into just 25 percent—one quarter—of the space, both in physical decision-making rooms, and in the stories that we tell about our lives. One quarter is not enough. Only half is an equal share, and only half is enough".

Closing remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the official commemoration of International Women’s Day in New York

Friday, March 6, 2020

In her closing remarks at the UN's official commemoration for International Women's Day in New York, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "Together we will build the society that we want and together we will make the changes that we want to make. It is not yet time to rest. We have a lot of work to do".

Closing remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the First Regular Session of the UN Women Executive Board

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

In her closing remarks at the UN Women Executive Board first regular session of 2020, UN Women executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "Now is the time for giant steps. We just cannot afford baby steps anymore. It cannot be incremental change. We want change that is fast, but also it must be change that lasts. That is the caveat."

Speech: Impatient for change: Global action for gender equality

Friday, February 14, 2020

Opening remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the first regular session 2020 of the UN Women Executive Board, 14 February 2020.

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women Official Commemoration in New York

Monday, November 25, 2019

In her remarks on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls on everyone to make sure that we do not turn our backs on the millions of women and girls whose lives have been forever changed by rape and gender-based violence.

Remarks by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security in New York

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

In her remarks at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "Progress is too slow, political will is not strong enough, and pushback against the needs and interests of women is threatening the progress we have made and pushing further away those who need the resolve and support most".

Statement by Alaa Salah at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Alaa Salah was selected to represent civil society at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security in October 2019. She spoke in her capacity as an activist, community leader, and member of MANSAM, and on behalf of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security.

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the event Gender Equality: from the Biarritz Partnership to the Beijing+25 Generation Equality Forum on the margins of the 74th UN General Assembly

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

In her remarks at the event Gender Equality:from the Biarritz Partnership to the Beijing+25 Generation Equality Forum, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said "We have to make sure that we do not betray the struggles of the women who brought us this far and the future of those who are dependent on us today and tomorrow".

Closing remarks by Assistant-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Anita Bhatia, at the Second Regular Session of the UN Women Executive Board

Thursday, September 12, 2019

On behalf of the Executive Director, Asa Regner and myself, may I reiterate thanks to you Madame President Pennelope Beckles for leading us through this session so effectively, and for your fantastic time management skills.  We would also like to thank the Vice-Presidents for their work, and all the delegations for all the statements made over the past two days, which have contributed to such a rich exchange of views. 

Speech: Preparing for a new decade of UN Women 2.0

Monday, September 9, 2019

In her opening remarks to the second regular session of the UN Women Executive Board, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, looks ahead to 2020, and the commemoration of 25 years since the Beijing Platform for Action was adopted.

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

In her remarks at the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka called on not just the G7, but all governments around the world to strengthen legislative frameworks in support of gender equality.

The 2019 Madeleine K. Albright Development Lecture by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women

Friday, August 2, 2019

In her 2019 Madeleine K. Albright Development Lecture, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka considers where the breakthroughs have been in gender equality, and to point out where we have opportunities for targeted action, and investments that will bring us closer to substantive equality and change that will last.

Speech: Families can be critical drivers of gender equality, only if decision-makers deliver policies rooted in the reality of how people live today

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Keynote speech by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women at the launch of UN Women’s flagship report, Progress of the World’s Women 2019-2020: Families in a Changing World.

Speech: African youth lead the way on ending harmful practices

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the first African Summit on Female Genital Mutilation and Child Marriage in Dakar, Senegal on the African Day of the Child

Opening remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the 2019 annual session of the UN Women Executive Board in New York

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

In her opening remarks at the annual session of the UN Women Executive Board, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "We operate in a context of heightened pushback to women’s rights but also growing awareness and sensitivity to gender issues".

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the G7 ministerial meeting on gender equality and women’s empowerment in Paris, France

Monday, May 13, 2019

In her remarks at the G7 ministerial meeting on gender equality and women’s empowerment, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlighted legislation as an important instrument for change that is systemic and irreversible.

“I want to change the way the world looks at itself”—Executive Director

Monday, April 1, 2019

Opening remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the Unstereotype Alliance Global Member Summit in New York on 28 March 2019

Closing remarks by United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, to the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York City

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

In her closing remarks to the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "With the Agreed Conclusions you have given us the possibility to take the work forward, to make sure that we address the discrimination that may be suffered by women and girls in every part of the world, whether because they are disabled, because of their sexuality, because they are human rights activists, or because of poverty".

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