Another busy day for the Sussexes started with a visit to the United Nations (UN) in New York to meet with U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed during the 193-member world body’s annual gathering of leaders.
Meghan and Harry arrived with members of their team – including the COO of Archewell Mandana Dayani (Pictured behind them)
Mandana began her position with Archewell in June. She is an Iranian-born American activist, attorney and entrepreneur and she reports directly to Meghan and Harry.
In a statement back in June Mandana said: “I am so inspired by the vision and unwavering dedication of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to create a more united, truthful, safe, and equitable world. I am thrilled to build upon our shared mission to drive systemic cultural change.”
U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed expressed her excitement of Meghan and Harry’s efforts to promote vaccine equity worldwide and hailed priorities they and the U.N. share, including climate, women’s economic empowerment, youth engagement and mental health.
The United Nations General Assembly is currently taking place in New York and serves the main policy-making organ of the UN. Gathering all Member States, “it provides a unique forum for multilateral discussion of the full spectrum of international issues covered by the Charter of the United Nations. Each of the 193 Member States of the United Nations has an equal vote.”
It was expected that Meghan and Harry would pay the UN a visit as their headquarter is in New York City. It’s an amazing complex, designed by a board of architects led by Wallace Harrison and built by the architectural firm Harrison & Abramowitz. The complex has served as the official headquarters of the United Nations since its completion in 1951.
Prior her work at the UN, Amina served as Minister of Environment of the Federal Republic of Nigeria navigating the country’s efforts on climate action and efforts to protect the natural environment.
She joined the UN for the first time in 2012 as Special Adviser to former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon focusing on post-2015 development planning. She was also responsible for the process that resulted in the global agreement around the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the creation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Meghan herself has a long history with the UN as an advocate for UN Women prior her marriage
“When I was just 11 years old, I unknowingly and somehow accidentally became a female advocate,” Meghan said at the UN Women’s “20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference of Women in Beijing” event in 2015.
You can watch the full speech below
Meghan and Harry left the UN building following the roughly 90-minute-long meeting at the offices “It was a lovely meeting,” Meghan told reporters as they left.
The Deputy Secretary-General said afterwards on Twitter:
Our duchess looked amazing in a tan and tobacco brown ensemble.
She wore the Max Mara’s Lilia Belted Cashmere coat.
Underneath she wore the Silk Crepe Classic Shirt by MaxMara
Matching with the Max Mara Camel Wide Leg Pants
She accessorized her outfit with her must trusted pieces: The Cartier Tank watch – Princess Dianas, Jennifer Meyer 18k gold bezel tennis bracelet, Cartier ‘Love’ bracelet, Birks ‘Snowflake’ ring in rose gold.
Later Meghan and Harry will attend the Global Citizen Live concert in Central Park, which aims to push for greater action to combat climate change and urge rich countries to share one billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines with nations most in need.