UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér on first official visit to the Republic of Korea

Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2018

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér will be on her first official visit to Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 13 to 14 September 2018. The visit is intended to continue building an already strong partnership with the Republic, aimed at achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment, both at home and abroad.

She will be speaking at the 12th session of the Seoul ODA International Conference, on the importance of development cooperation and the official development assistance (ODA) in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women, and providing key policy recommendations.

During her visit, Ms. Régner will also meet with several Republic of Korea senior government officials, including President of Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Mikyung Lee, Minister for Gender Equality and Family (MOGEF) Hyun-back Chung, Deputy Minister for Multilateral and Global Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) Kang Jeong-sik, as well as participate in a townhall with local students at Ewha University.

Highlights

Participants at 12th ODA International Conference on 13 September 20118 in Seoul, Korea.  Photo: UN Women/Younghwa Choi
Participants at 12th ODA International Conference on 13 September 20118 in Seoul, Korea. Photo: UN Women/Younghwa Choi

Ms. Regnér spoke during the session on “the role of inclusive ODA by realizing human rights and gender equality” at the 12th ODA International Conference in Seoul, the Republic of Korea on 13 September.

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér speaks at the 12th ODA International Conference session on “the role of inclusive ODA by realizing human rights and gender equality”  in Seoul, the Republic of Korea
UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér speaks at the 12th ODA International Conference on 13 September in Seoul. Photo: UN Women/Younghwa Choi

"The catalytic potential of ODA is at its best when aligned to national gender equality action plans", Ms. Regnér said." Political will and decision is critical to ensure mainstreaming gender equality across all areas of development and explicitly targeting the multiple forms of inequality and discrimination faced by women and girls". Read her full speech ►

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér with President of Korea International Cooperation Agency Mikyung Lee. Photo: UN Women/Younghwa Choi
UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér with President of Korea International Cooperation Agency Mikyung Lee. Photo: UN Women/Younghwa Choi
UN Women Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Anna-Karin Jatfors; UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér; Minister for Gender Equality and Family Hyun-back Chung; and Nam-Hee Lee. Photo: UN Women/Younghwa Choi
UN Women Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Anna-Karin Jatfors; UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér; Minister for Gender Equality and Family Hyun-back Chung; and Nam-Hee Lee. Photo: UN Women/Younghwa Choi
Younghwa Choi from UN Women's regional office in Asia and the Pacific; Regional Director of UN Women Asia and the Pacific Anna-Karin Jatfors; Deputy Minister for Multilateral and Global Affairs; Ministry of Foreign Affairs Kang Jeong-sik; UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér; and Hyejin Kim. Photo: Richard Park
Younghwa Choi from UN Women's regional office in Asia and the Pacific; Regional Director of UN Women Asia and the Pacific Anna-Karin Jatfors; Deputy Minister for Multilateral and Global Affairs; Ministry of Foreign Affairs Kang Jeong-sik; UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér; and Hyejin Kim. Photo: Richard Park

During her visit, Ms. Régner met with several Republic of Korea senior government officials, including President of Korea International Cooperation Agency Mikyung Lee, Minister for Gender Equality and Family Hyun-back Chung, Deputy Minister for Multilateral and Global Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Kang Jeong-sik.

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér speaks at Ewha W. University . Photo: UN Women/Younghwa Choi
UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér speaks at Ewha W. University. Photo: UN Women/Younghwa Choi

Later, the Deputy Executive Director spoke about the economic and political empowerment of young women at the Ewha W. University, and participated in a discussion with students.

Students at Ewha W. University during a townhall with UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér . Photo: UN Women/Younghwa Choi
Students at Ewha W. University during a townhall with UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér. Photo: UN Women/Younghwa Choi