11 July 2013
Media Release: Australian National Committee welcomes appointment of new UN Women Executive Director
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon appoints Ms Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka from South Africa as the new Executive Director of UN Women
The Australian National Committee for UN Women today welcomed the UN Secretary-General’s appointment of Ms Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka as the new Executive Director of UN Women.
Ms Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka from South Africa brings to the position extensive experience in advocating for women’s issues in a range of roles. She was the first woman to hold the position of Deputy President of South Africa from 2005 to 2008.
Acting Executive Director of the Australian National Committee for UN Women, Rebecca Bromhead, welcomed the announcement and paid tribute to the organisation’s former and founding Executive Director Michelle Bachelet.
“The National Committee looks forward to the leadership of Ms Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka in this critical time for UN Women,” Ms Bromhead said.
“Ms Mlambo-Ngcuka’s experience and passion for women’s rights and advocacy will bring enthusiasm and energy to the role.
“The National Committee looks forward to working with the Executive Director and her team to achieve strong outcomes for women across the world.
“On behalf of the National Committee I would like to express our gratitude for former Executive Director Ms Michelle Bachelet’s stewardship during the establishment of UN Women and wish her every future success.
“I would also like to thank Acting Executive Director Lakshmi Puri for her work during the transitional period.”
Australia currently has a seat on the UN Women Executive Board.