Town Hall Event with UN SG Antonio Guterres

Source: UN Women

The new UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres continued breaking new ground at this year’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61). Keeping a promise to do things differently, Guterres held an unprecedented “Town Hall” meeting at which civil society representatives were given the opportunity to share their most pressing concerns with him directly and to hear his candid responses. Throughout the meeting, Guterres kept his comments frank and short in order to maximize the number of speakers from civil society. Many of these speakers expressed gratitude to the Secretary for his appointment of a woman to several high-ranking positions within UN leadership. The women he appointed to the offices of Deputy Secretary General, Chief of Cabinet, and Special Advisor on Policy were also present at the meeting (see our February Update for introductions of these three officers). Video of the full session is available in English.