Champion
Kai Jürgen Mikael Sauer
Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations in New York
Kai Jürgen Mikael Sauer

I’m representing the first country to grant women the right to vote and to run for office in 1906. Hence, for me, promoting gender equality is not just another "box to tick off", but rather a part of our national DNA. Gender equality is something deeply ingrained in my everyday life, both as a Finnish diplomat at the United Nations and, also as a father of two daughters, in my private life.

I support the IGC Panel Parity Pledge.

I commit to undertake the following:

  • In our dialogue with, and in governing boards of, international organisations in New York, encourage organisations to: 1) attain gender balance at management levels (P5 or equivalent and above) through both short- and long term measures, including the creation of a more conducive work environment, and 2) integrate the gender dimension in programmes, policies, and normative and operational work, and 3) Put in place comprehensive and transparent policies to prevent and address sexual abuse and exploitation.

  • Promote work-family life balance through: a) early information and advance notice of meetings to enhance predictability and planning, and b) avoid calling meetings taking place during evenings, weekends and public holidays.