Annual Session of the Executive Board of Women

 

Introductory Statement of UN Women Executive Director and Under-Secretary-General Michelle Bachelet

Annual Session of the Executive Board of UN Women

June 27, 2011

The Annual Session of the Executive Board for UN Women dealt with the first Strategic Plan for 2011-2013, framed by the General Assembly resolution that brought forth the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). The vision of UN Women is that every country in the world, at whatever level of development, has access to the technical expertise and support needed to advance gender equality in line with their national priorities.

UN Women has identified six priority areas, as well as concrete targets to guide the creation of the Strategic Plan. Progress is determined by action taken in each nation as a whole.

  1. To expand women’s leadership and participation
  2. To coordinate and strengthen UN Support in international women’s movements, and facilitate more holistic UN system integration
  3. To strengthen UN Women leadership and UN system action to end violence against women, including the expansion of work on Safe Cities for Women and Children.
  4. To support women’s leadership in peace, security and humanitarian work.
  5. To expand national planning and budgeting processes that promote gender equality, including incorporating gender markets in their financial management system.
  6. To publicize the key results on a global scale.
    1. To increase accountability for gender equality across the UN system

Moving forward, UN Women will work in three ways:

  • Leading where there is comparative advantage
  • Partnering where other agencies lead
  • Providing advocacy support to the work of others

In order to prosper and grow, UN Women needs greater resources, more dynamic partnerships, and more men and boys taking leadership to advance women’s rights.

Varied United Nations Missions to the UN

  • Many countries have transformed global and regional agreements on gender equality into national laws, policies and strategies; now their implementation needs to be stepped up.
  • The overarching vision is that every country in the world, at whatever level of development, has access to the technical expertise and support needed to advance gender equality in line with their national priorities. This depends on the richer countries willingness to finance the technical support that the UN Women and the UN system can provide.
  • UN-Women has a role in capacity building in developing countries, particularly in the least developed areas.
  • Partnership among civil society, philanthropic institutions and the private sector is necessary to build and grow.
  • The status of women largely determines the fate of the progress in a nation.
  • Education of women and girls triggers social mobility, leadership opportunities, and society transformation.