Women take top posts within UN

It looks like women will literally be running the world in 2017.

According to The Guardian, incoming United Nations secretary general António Guterres named three women to top spots: Amina Mohammed, Nigeria’s environment minister, will serve as his deputy, while “Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, a senior Brazilian foreign ministry official, will serve as Guterres’s chief of staff, and Kyung-wha Kang of South Korea has been appointed to the new position of special adviser on policy.”

Prior to her new position, Mohammed achieved great success in negotiating “sustainable development goals,” says The Guardian. Viotti, however, previously worked as an ambassador to Germany as well as a UN envoy, reports The Guardian, while Kang is currently heading up Guterres’ transition team.

While their qualifications are blatantly clear, their receipt of new positions also comes as an attempt to create a more gender-equal leadership team within the UN.

The Guardian reports that “Guterres has made achieving gender parity at the world body a priority of his tenure, which begins on 1 January. Women currently fill less than one in four leadership positions at the UN.”

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