UN Women Canada National Committee

UN Women Canada National Committee

August 28, 2012 17:08 ET

Almas Jiwani, President of UN Women Canada National Committee to Welcome Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director, UN Women, to Canada

MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 28, 2012) -

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Almas Jiwani, President of UN Women Canada National Committee welcomes Lakshmi Puri, Assistant Secretary-General for Intergovernmental Support and Strategic Partnerships and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women to Montréal on September 5, 2012.

Ms. Puri will be in Montréal for the first week of September to attend the Civicus World Assembly, a global gathering for civil society, donors, governments and businesses to find common solutions to the challenges facing humanity. She will be accompanied by Ms. Kristin Hetle, Director of Strategic Partnerships for UN Women. Ms. Puri will be participating in a panel discussing social innovation and alternate forms of development. The UN Women Canada National Committee would like to welcome these exemplary women to Canada, and provide an opportunity to freely discuss and exchange ideas concerning issues of gender equality and women's empowerment.

"It is with great pleasure that the UN Women Canada National Committee welcomes Ms. Lakshmi Puri to Canada," says Jiwani. "Ms. Puri's many years of dedication to excellence in public service, both for her own country and within the international community, is an inspiration. We are looking forward to Ms. Puri's visit and inspiring discussion concerning gender equality," she adds.

During the visit of Ms. Puri, UN Women Canada National Committee is pleased to co-host the informal luncheon with Francoise E. Lyon, Senior Vice President of Pembroke Private Wealth Management, at Mount Royal Club in Montreal from 12:00 to 2:00pm.

Subsequent panel discussion, hosted by the UN Women Canada National Committee McGill Club, will be held at McGill University from 4:30pm to 7:00pm at Chancellor Day Hall, Room 100 (Moot Court).

The panelists include:

  • Ms. Lakshmi Puri - Assistant Secretary-General for Intergovernmental Support and Strategic Partnerships at the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.
  • Senator Mobina Jaffer - Representative of the province of British Columbia and the Senatorial Division of British Columbia.
  • Ms. Rosemary McCarney - President and CEO of Plan Canada.
  • Ms. Pearl Eliadis - Human rights lawyer and Professor at McGill University's Faculty of Law.
  • Moderator: Kristen Hetle, Director of Strategic Partnerships for UN Women.

About Ms. Lakshmi Puri

Ms. Puri joined the United Nations in 2002, after a successful 28 year career with the Indian Foreign Service. In the areas of development, human rights, and peace and security, Ms. Puri has worked tirelessly for gender equality and women's empowerment. Ms. Puri has served a variety of roles within the United Nations, among them; Director of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Division of International Trade in Goods, Services and Commodities; UNCTAD's Acting Deputy Secretary-General; and Director at the Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States. In 2011, she was appointed Assistant Secretary-General for Intergovernmental Support and Strategic Partnerships at UN Women by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.

For an interview with;

• Ms. Lakshmi Puri, Assistant Secretary-General for Intergovernmental Support and Strategic Partnerships, United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women;

• For an interview with Ms. Almas Jiwani, president of UN Women Canada National Committee or for more information about UN Women Canada National Committee or UN Women;

• For French-language interviews with Ms. Kristin Hetle, Director of Strategic Partnerships, UN Women, or for more information about UN Women Canada National Committee or UN Women, please contact:

Ms. Jessica Turner
Co-chair of Communications
UN Women Canada National Committee
613-402-7728
jessica.turner@unwomencanada.org
http://www.unwomencanada.org/

About UN Women Canada National Committee

UN Women Canada National Committee raises the UN Women's profile and promotes its work in Canada; raises funds for UN Women projects; creates awareness within the Canadian governments for increased funding for UN Women projects; and encourages non-governmental organizations to promote and support UN Women initiatives.

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