The permanent delegation of the State of Qatar to the United Nations organized the second United Nations retreat for senior women leaders at the United Nations for the year 2023, in partnership with the Office of the Deputy Secretary-General to the United Nations, from March 16 to 19, in New York. At the opening of the retreat, HE Sheikha Alia bint Ahmed bin Saif Al-Thani, Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations, expressed her pleasure at organizing the retreat in partnership with HE UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed. In her speech, she affirmed the State of Qatar’s pride in supporting the organization of the retreat for the second time, as it is a platform for women leaders at the United Nations to discuss complex global issues, communicate, exchange ideas, dialogue and strengthen women’s leadership. Her Excellency praised the pioneering role played by HE the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, in correcting the gender imbalance in leadership positions in the United Nations, stressing that the State of Qatar supports the efforts of the Secretary-General in this field, as evidenced by its formation of the Group of Friends for Gender Parity. Established in 2015, with the goal of improving women’s leadership and gender balance across the United Nations system. In conclusion, Her Excellency expressed her gratitude that this retreat is an appropriate opportunity to discuss issues of importance such as the Sustainable Development Goals Summit, scheduled to be held in September 2023, noting that His Excellency the Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar, and His Excellency Mr. Fergal Mithen, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations, as co-facilitators They will lead the informal consultations to draft the political declaration to be adopted during the summit. It should be noted that a group of 38 women leaders from various United Nations entities participated in the retreat, including Her Excellency Ms. Amina Mohamed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ms. Doreen Bogdan Martin, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union, and Ms. Ghada Fathi Ismail Wali, Executive Director of the Office United Nations on Drugs and Crime and Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna, Ms. Natalia Kanem, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund, Ms. Rebecca Greenspan, Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Ms. Rola Dashti, Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, and Ms. Sima Sami Iskandar Bohuth Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.
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