First daughter and special adviser to the President Ivanka Trump had a lunch meeting with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Friday at the U.N. headquarters in New York to discuss further their common interest in women’s economic empowerment.
Ivanka shared that Guterres invited her to lunch after they met at the G2o summit in Germany earlier this month where they both attended the World Bank launch of a loan program. The program focused on women entrepreneurs in developing countries by providing them with more than $1 billion in loans and assistance.
Ivanka also said in a Facebook post that Guterres’ invitation was aimed at discussing further women’s economic empowerment, entrepreneurship, and workforce development. Ivanka said in her post: “I look forward to continuing this important dialogue about skills training in the modern economy and working together to economically empower women globally.”
A White House official also shared that Ivanka coordinated her conversations with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.
Ivanka has been consistent in embracing women’s issues as part of her signature policy areas starting from her father’s presidential campaign all the way to her appointment of her official role in the Trump administration.
The meeting also comes at a time when President Trump has been tough in pushing to cut the U.S. funding for the U.N. The U.S. remains the biggest contributor to the world body, providing 22 percent of the $5.4 billion biennial core budget and 28.5 percent of the $7.3 billion peacekeeping budget. The pegged contributions are agreed by the General Assembly of the U.N.composed of 193 member-states. President Trump has described the U.S. share in the U.N. as “unfair.”
The U.S. Congress will decide ultimately the money it will make available for the U.N.