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Monday, May 30, 2011

Deputy UN chief to attend women leaders' conference in Israel

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro will travel today to the Israeli city of Haifa, where she will attend the International Women Leaders' Conference as a guest of honour.

Ms. Migiro has been a vocal advocate for women's empowerment and the advancement of gender equality, underscoring the role of women as "critical agents of development."

The conference, co-hosted by the Government of Israel and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), will focus on the issue of 'Women, Science and Technology.'

Ms. Migiro will also travel to Jerusalem to hold meetings with senior Israeli Government officials, including President Shimon Peres and the Speaker of the Knesset, Reuven Rivlin.

In addition, she will meet with UN staff based in Jerusalem before returning to New York on 30 May.