Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke out on gender parity at all levels of the United Nations at a ceremony welcoming the first-ever all-female class of security officers.

“We need to be exemplary and to be the first organization to keep the internationally-agreed commitment of having full gender balance,” Ban said.

In his April report on UN system-wide coherence, he said that it is crucial that gender equality “remain the mandate of all United Nations entities.

Also in attendance at today’s ceremony was Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro, who said she was heartened by the entry of an all-female class of security officers.

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