Bishkek, Sept. 14, 2017 / Kabar /. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced the establishment of a commission of advisers of high level for mediation. The group was created to “raise diplomacy for the sake of peace” and increase the capacity of the United Nations to conduct effective diplomacy and mediation at all levels.
The commission consisted of 18 people, RIA Novosti reported. Among them, former opposition leader of Kyrgyzstan and former President Roza Otunbayeva, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, member of the constitutional council of Sri Lanka Radik Coomaraswamy, ex-President of Finland Tarja Halonen, ex-Foreign Minister of Jordan Nasser Joda, ex-Foreign Minister of Algeria Ramtane Lamamra , ex-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala Gert Rosenthal, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Wellby and others.
Guterres expressing confidence that the group will help to work more efficiently with regional organizations, non-governmental groups and all who are involved in mediation efforts in the world said that he expects advices and support concrete mediation efforts from the group
He also announced the introduction of a new strategy for gender equality in the UN, according to which by 2021 there should be an equal number of men and women in the leading positions of the world organization.
“Gender equality and women’s empowerment is one of the main challenges in the field of human rights in the world,” Guterres said.