June 27, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today attended a luncheon with senior UN women officials in New York. The group discussed the importance of the role of women in emerging democracies and how the UN can continue to play a positive role in this regard.
“The strong role that women play at the heart of our democracies can help make our societies not only more inclusive, but also more peaceful and prosperous,” said Baird. “The participation of women at all levels of society—especially as regimes fall and new states emerge in various corners of the world—remains a priority of our government.”
From left to right: Angela Kane, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs; Carman Lapointe, Under-Secretary-General for Internal Oversight Services; John Baird, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister; Michelle Bachelet, Under-Secretary-General for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women); and Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children.