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14 June 2017
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres:
Video message on launch event for International Gender Champions
Vienna, 14 June 2017
VIENNA, 14 June (UN Information Service) - Congratulations on launching this important initiative.
I joined the Gender Champions when I was UN High Commissioner for Refugees. And I proudly renewed my commitment when I became Secretary-General.
Let me stress that this initiative is only as good as our word.
The challenge is to keep the promise we make.
That is why I am doing everything possible as Secretary-General to achieve true equality.
For justice - and effectiveness.
The United Nations has to model the values we espouse. That is why I place such high importance on women's leadership across the UN system.
I commend the senior leaders who are signing on as Gender Champions. I call on other male officials to be part of this initiative.
When we keep our promise to achieve equality, we will have a more promising future for all.
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