UN Women Deputy Executive Director
Ms. Lakshmi Puri is Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. She is directly responsible for the leadership and management of the Bureau for Intergovernmental Support, United Nations Coordination, and Strategic Partnerships.
“Women and girls are essential climate actors”
As we assemble here in this abode of democracy of France we must make sure that the aspiration of liberté, fraternité and égalité that echo from its hallowed walls apply as much to women and girls as to men and boys. We have a historic opportunity we must seize to ensure that economic growth is both clean and green and that it empowers and draws upon the talent and energy of women and girls as effective climate actors.