Coverage: Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the XIII Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean

Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The XIII Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean in Montevideo, Uruguay. Photo: UN Women/Diego Nessi
The XIII Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean in Montevideo, Uruguay. Photo: UN Women/Diego Nessi

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri participated with President of Uruguay, Tabaré Vázquez; Rodolfo Nin Novoa, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay; Marina Arismendi, Minister of Social Development of Uruguay; Alicia Barcena, Executive Secretary of ECLAC; and Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, at the opening ceremony of the XIII Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean in Montevideo, Uruguay.

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri during the XIII Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean in Montevideo, Uruguay. Photo: UN Women/Diego Nessi
UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri during the XIII Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean in Montevideo, Uruguay. Photo: UN Women/Diego Nessi

In front of almost 800 Ministers, heads of national women’s machineries and government officials, representatives of civil society, women’s organizations and networks and the feminist movement of Latin America and the Caribbean, Ms. Puri highlighted the key role of the Regional Conferences in advancing the regional gender agenda since 1977, year of the first conference in Havana, Cuba.

This is the first edition of the Regional Conference since the adoption of Agenda 2030 for sustainable development, which gives a unique opportunity to end poverty and transform gender relations irreversibly, and ending gender inequality by 2030. Ms. Puri emphasized that now it is time to firmly maintain the achievements and progress that women have conquered.

Previous to the opening ceremony, UN Women Deputy Executive Director met with Tabaré Vázquez President of Uruguay, to discuss UN Women’s presence in the country, as well as Uruguay’s champion role in promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women in the Region and beyond.

Lakshmi Puri, UN Women Deputy Executive Director, meets President of Uruguay, Tobaré Vázquez upon her arrival in Montevideo for the XIII Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean. Photo: UN Women
Lakshmi Puri, UN Women Deputy Executive Director, meets President of Uruguay, Tobaré Vázquez upon her arrival in Montevideo for the XIII Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean. Photo: UN Women