I consider the commitment to gender equality indispensable. Inclusion and diversity are integral to our mandate and role in promoting international peace and security. I strongly encourage my colleagues to follow suit in committing to adapting our working methods and organizational culture and to further strengthen our efforts in addressing gender as well as Women, Peace and Security commitments. Only then we can create the necessary conditions for lasting and sustainable change in our Organization and the world.
I will allocate adequate financial and human resources to ensure the sustainability of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs activities and progress on gender parity and gender equality, as well as engage all staff, women and men, in an ongoing dialogue to hear their challenges and concerns in terms of career development through frequent meetings.