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Ted Turner Welcomes President Michelle Bachelet to UN Women

September 14, 2010

UN Foundation Founder and Chairman Ted Turner congratulates Michelle Bachelet for her new role as Under-Secretary-General for UN Women, the new United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.  Bachelet was appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on September 14, 2010.  As a leader in the effort toward the empowerment of women and girls, former President of Chile, and longtime human rights advocate, Ms. Bachelet represents the UN’s commitment to promote gender equality.

H.E. Ms. Michelle Bachelet
Former President of Chile

Dear President Bachelet:

On behalf of the United Nations Foundation, I extend to you our best wishes and congratulate you on your recent appointment as Under-Secretary-General for the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). By selecting a leader with your stature, experience, and broad political support, Secretary-General Ban has sent a clear signal to the world that women’s issues and rights will be represented on the global stage stronger than ever before.

The United Nations has played a leadership role in promoting and protecting the rights of women and girls since the UN Charter proclaimed gender equality as a fundamental human right more than sixty years ago. The creation of UN Women demonstrates the UN’s heightened commitment to the rights of women and girls and reinforces the message that empowering women is one of the best ways to ensure the health, prosperity and security of our world.

We are confident that under your skilled leadership, UN Women will raise the profile of women’s issues and improve the lives of millions of women and girls. Your thorough understanding of the UN system will help UN Women navigate the process of bringing together four entities, and your ability to provide both a strong voice and a listening ear to be inclusive of all stakeholders, including civil society, will help ensure UN Women’s success.

We applaud the Secretary-General for selecting a longtime champion of gender equality and human rights to lead this effort, and we offer you our support in putting women’s issues at the top of our shared agenda to build a better world.

Congratulations, and we look forward to working with you.

With best wishes,

Sincerely yours,
Ted Turner