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Gender champions: Ambassador Carsten Staur has signed up the Geneva Gender Parity Pledge

The Danish Mission to the UN in Geneva warmly welcomes the initiative of UNOG and the Permanent Mission of the United States of America of establishing a Leadership Network of Geneva Gender Champions to promote gender equality in Geneva and beyond.

The Danish Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Ambassador Carsten Staur, has signed up as one of the inaugural members of the initiative by signing the Geneva Gender Parity Pledge and by submitting the following additional Geneva Gender Champions pledges which are shared by the Permanent Representatives of the Nordic countries; Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

The Nordic countries will:

1. strive for a balance of work and family life for both women and men. We will, inter alia, avoid calling meetings in the early morning or late afternoon.

2. In our dialogue with Geneva headquartered international organizations encourage organizations to a) promote gender balance at management levels (P5 or equivalent and above) and b) explicitly integrate the gender dimension in programme policies and normative and operational work.

3. as an extension to our Gender Panel Parity Pledge, aim in general to have at least one representative of the underrepresented sex as speaker when organizing panel discussions and events. This will include a specific effort to also ensure men's participation in debates and events on gender related issues.

Gender equality champions are women and men who have made gender equality and women's empowerment their cause and mission in life.

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