History was made in the General Assembly on Friday when Member States voted unanimously to create a new entity to accelerate progress in meeting the needs of women and girls worldwide.
The establishment of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women – to be known as UN Women – is a result of years of negotiations between UN Member States as well as advocacy by the global women’s movement. It is part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact.
The creation of the entity is contained in a larger resolution on system-wide coherence.
“I am grateful to Member States for having taken this major step forward for the world’s women and girls,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a statement welcoming the decision. “UN Women will significantly boost UN efforts to promote gender equality, expand opportunity, and tackle discrimination around the globe.”
UN Women – which will be operational by January 2011 – has been created by the General Assembly to be a dynamic and strong champion for women and girls, providing them with a powerful voice at the global, regional and local levels.
The General Assembly resolution creating UN Women also covers broader issues related to UN system-wide coherence, laying out a new approach to the funding of UN development operations, streamlining the work of UN bodies, and improving methods of evaluating reform efforts.
For more on UN Women, visit: www.unwomen.org