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.”

Fashion for thought

Emma Watson has always had a tasteful, elegant style — look no further than her red carpet appearances for confirmation. But her recent posts on Instagram not only feature her classic style, they also promote sustainability and product awareness in the fashion industry.

According to Glamour, the actress and UN Ambassador has been sharing the details of her latest outfits in her Instagram posts all in an effort to make herself and others more conscious of where their clothing is coming from and how it’s being produced.

Glamour shared one post in particular, in which Watson is in Malawi with young gender equality activists. In addition to discussing her work with the youth activists, she mentioned the different pieces of her outfit and how they are made in eco-friendly and worker-friendly conditions. Sharing that her jacket and pants were made from “sustainable organic cotton canvas,” while her shoes were made by local craftsmen and her jewelry was recycled, Watson then wrote why she’s decided to post about her looks.

“You may have noticed me talking about my clothes recently – I’m trying to be conscious about where my clothes come from and also about the people who make them,” she wrote, also disclosing that she doesn’t get paid to promote the clothing brands she mentions, which included EDUN, Ancient Greek Sandals and All Blues accessories.

Here’s to sustainable fashion!