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Kim Sook

Kim Sook, 60, the Korean ambassador to the United Nations, was elected president of the United Nations entity dedicated to stopping women’s rights violations, promoting women’s leadership and empowering women economically.

Kim was elected for a term of one year as the new president of the 41-member Executive Board of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women, or UN Women, of which Korea has been a member since November 2010. The announcement was made Wednesday by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Kim was endorsed last August as the candidate from the Asia-Pacific group and was elected with the consent of the UN Women Board.

A Foreign Ministry official said that the ministry “looks forward to seeing international efforts to actively contribute towards the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment.”

After Kim’s election, the board convened its first regular session in New York, with Michelle Bachelet, the former president of Chile and current UN Women’s executive director and under-secretary-general, offering her congratulations to Kim.

“I very much look forward to continuing the excellent collaboration between UN Women and the Board under your leadership,” Bachelet said. She also addressed the issue of underfunding and discussed a desire to see a greater empowerment of women politically and economically in the coming year.

UN Women was established by the General Assembly in July 2010 as a part of the UN reform agenda to gather resources and bring together four different UN divisions dedicated to promulgating gender equality and enabling women’s empowerment at global, regional and country levels.

Kim became the Korean envoy to the United Nations last summer.


By Sarah Kim, Kim Su-jeong [sarahkim@joongang.co.kr]

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