30 Jun 2018 – 8:33

Qatar and Colombia launch book ‘Story on Women Leaders Role in UN’

Picture credit: Twitter / António Guterres


New York: The Permanent Delegation of the State of Qatar to the United Nations and Colombia, held a ceremony at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, to launch a book Story: Celebration of Leading Women in the United Nations, prepared by the Permanent Delegation and Colombia.

The ceremony was attended by Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres, President of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly Miroslav Lajcak, and a number of Permanent Representatives to the United Nations.

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The Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations Ambassador H E Sheikha Alia bint Ahmed Al Thani, said that Qatar’s participation in the achievement of this book is an appreciation of the leading role of women in the United Nations and an opportunity to reflect important achievements through historical narratives.

The Ambassador noted that Qatar is a founding member of the  Group of Friends for Gender Parity and its sponsor of the historical HakayaPhotographic Exhibition on the leading role of women in the international organization, held in December 2016.

The book provides a historical reciting of the role of leading women in the United Nations since its inception in 1945 in San Francisco until the present age.

The book lists the role of some women in the Arab and Islamic region, including H E Sheikha Hessa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, who is the first woman appointed by the United Nations as special rapporteur for persons with disabilities in 2003 and her mandate was extended from 2005 to 2009. She is now working as a Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the Arab League for Humanitarian Affairs.

It also provided an historical reciting of the impact and role of women in advancing women’s empowerment, gender equality in employment and decision-making at the highest levels of the United Nations.

The book is a testimony of the contributions made by women in the reformulation of the United Nations, the promotion of the role of women in various fields and the holding of senior leadership positions in the Organization.