Antonio Guterres names three women to top UN posts

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Building on his promise to prioritize gender parity, the UN Secretary-General designate has named three women to top posts on Thursday.

Antonio Guterres was recently sworn-in as the ninth Secretary-General succeeding Ban Ki-moon.

In an effort to lead by example, the UN set a 50-50 gender balance goal for its staff to be achieved by the year 2000. The organization is far from reaching its target.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

The Secretary-General designate is making good on his promise to make gender equality "a clear priority" during his tenure. 

Antonio Guterres shared the news on Thursday, a few weeks before he takes office on 1 January 2017. 

He appointed Amina Mohammed of Nigeria as his deputy. She will hold the second highest position in the Organization. 

Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti of Brazil will become his Chef de Cabinet. 

Mr Guterres will also create the position of Special Advisor on Policy which will go to Kyung-wha Kang of the Republic of Korea. 

The UN Spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, read a statement on his behalf. 

"I am pleased to announce that I will be appointing Ms. Amina J. Mohammed of Nigeria as my Deputy Secretary-General, and Ms. Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti of Brazil as my Chef de Cabinet. I also intend to create the position of Special Advisor on Policy, and to appoint Ms. Kyung-wha Kang of the Republic of Korea to this new role. I am happy to count on the efforts of these three highly competent women, whom I have chosen for their strong backgrounds in global affairs, development, diplomacy, human rights and humanitarian action. These appointments are the foundations of my team, which I will continue to build, respecting my pledges on gender parity and geographical diversity." 

Kyung-wha-Kang was already head of his transition team announced shortly after Mr Guterres won the race to become the next UN chief. 

She recently held the post of Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator and Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations. 

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