Veteran Australian rights official appointed deputy UN human rights chief

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Kate Gilmore of Australia, a veteran United Nations, Government and non-governmental organization (NGOs) official, as Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Ms. Gilmore, currently Deputy Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), brings nearly 30 years of strategic leadership experience with her. She succeeds Flavia Pansieri of Italy.

Prior to joining UNFPA in 2012, she was Executive Deputy Secretary General of Amnesty International and National Director of Amnesty International Australia. As the chief operating officer she directed global financial and human resources and strategic planning, and managed key human rights programming, including leading innovations in human rights policy.

Ms. Gilmore started her career as a social worker and policy officer for the Australian Government, establishing the country’s first Centre Against Sexual Assault. She was given honorary government appointments to provincial and national public policy and law reform, including membership of Australia’s first national committee on violence against women.

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