UN Secretary-General António Guterres today appointed Åsa Regnér as Deputy Executive Director of UN Women with responsibility for intergovernmental relations and strategic partnerships, as well as Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Ms Regnér will leave the Government when the Prime Minister has accepted her resignation, which is expected shortly. Ms Regnér will then take up her post at UN Women’s headquarters in New York.
“I would like to thank the UN Secretary-General for my appointment today. I am aware that there was tough competition from many qualified candidates and that it was a process with many steps. I will work hard for the prioritisation of women’s and girl’s rights in global contexts, and for increased democratisation and economic development around the world.
“I would also like to thank Prime Minister Stefan Löfven for entrusting me to be part of his feminist government, and for his support and that of Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström in this candidature. I see today’s appointment as evidence that the UN values Swedish UN engagement and our feminist foreign policy.”