Great success for constitutional judge Dr. Lilian Hofmeister
Sebastian Kurz congratulates the Austrian candidate on her appointment to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women
Vienna, 27 June 2014 – "I would like to congratulate Dr. Lilian Hofmeister most warmly on her appointment to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. She is the first Austrian to become a member of this important United Nations body", Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said. "Dr. Hofmeister can look back on 30 years as a judge in Austria; currently she is substitute judge at the Austrian Constitutional Court. For many years she has been applying herself with vigour to the elimination of discrimination against women on a national and international level. Her appointment as a member of the UN Committee is a token of appreciation of her impressive professional achievements and a confirmation of her outstanding qualification for this task. With her expertise and exemplary commitment to the rights of women, Dr. Lilian Hofmeister will contribute valuable input to the elimination of discrimination against women in the years to come. I wish her all the best for this important and interesting task."
The election of the new committee members was held in New York on 26 June, and Dr. Lilian Hofmeister was elected in the first round. The 147 votes she received brought her the third highest ballot result of all candidates. 18 candidates from all regional groups of the United Nations had been up for election for 12 vacant seats. The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women checks the progress made in the implementation of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women in 188 state parties to the Convention. The Committee publishes regular commentaries on the interpretation of individual provisions of the Conventions and by this means contributes significantly to the further development of women's rights. The Committee is composed of 23 independent experts who are elected by the member states for a period of four years. The membership of the twelve newly appointed experts will start on 1 January 2015.