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Permanent Mission of the Republic of the Philippines to the United Nations

Philippine Statement
Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Philippines to the Unted Nations
at the
Second Meeting of the Informal Consultations of the Plenary on System-wide
Coherence, Focusing on the Gender Architecture Reform
30 March 2009


Thank you distinguished Co-chairs for giving the floor to the Philippines. Thank you for convening this meeting.

  • The Philippines commends and congratulates H.E. Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro, Deputy Secretary General, for the paper which painstakingly elaborates on the different options for the institutional strengthening on gender at the United Nations. The Philippines appreciates, in particular, the clear manner in which the paper describes the main elements for a composite form of gender architecture.
  • The composite form combines what could be the best of both worlds. When the normative and secretariat support branch in New York has a direct link to the operational branches on the ground, we can expect that our efforts on “walking the talk” will be better. Also, this setup will provide a mechanism by which the operational actors can give expeditious and coherent feedback on the status of gender equality efforts. This would mean that the UN Headquarters will be able to have a better survey of the global situation of women, and thus be able to report more effectively, comprehensively and credibly to Member States which will, in turn, be better guided on their policy responses or directions.
  • Our observation is that, generally speaking, the composite option seems to be well-supported as a basic framework of a new and revitalized gender architecture. After several papers and a number of general discussions, now, and not much later, may be the best time to consider specific concrete next steps by which the Member States can move forward, without cease, in this process of gender reform. It must be stressed that we cannot just endlessly talk about the reform process. We need to start seeing the shape of this new gender entity so that we move closer to reaping the benefits it will bring. Because the new gender entity can deliver better outcomes for women, the longer we delay the concrete steps, the longer we deny timely opportunities for women to enjoy their rights and realize their development.
  • In this regard, the Philippines strongly suggests that Member States consider having a general timeline for the gender reform process. If we can have specific time-bound targets for the different stages that the gender reform will entail, we will be better able to assess the needs and issues associated with these stages. A timeline will breed a political will that will help us ensure a continuously progressive momentum and allow us to examine the issues and requirements associated with each stage of the reform. Of course, we could agree to exercise a necessary degree of flexibility to respond to any adjustments that would have to be made along the way.
  • I thank you distinguished Co-chairs.

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