Champion
Michael Gaffey
Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Ireland to the UN and other International Organisations in Geneva
Michael Gaffey

We will not achieve the Sustainable Development Goal without gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. This must be central to our work in Geneva:  on human rights, peace and security, humanitarian action, development and global health, and economic growth.  As Ireland’s Permanent Representative in Geneva, gender equality is central to every area of my work. Every one of us is accountable for making progress on this, and I am strongly committed to being a Gender Champion.

I support the IGC Panel Parity Pledge.

I commit to undertake the following:

  • Advocate for strong language on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in statements and resolutions in the multilateral fora in Geneva.

  • Ensure that gender considerations are applied effectively in the internal work of the Mission, in our HQ, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and in how we engage with partners.