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    UNIS/SGSM/836
    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.

    Thank you.

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