UN Foundation Women & Population Executive Director Tamara Kreinin Remarks on UN General Assembly Resolution to Create New Women’s Agency

Washington, D.C.

September 16, 2009


Megan Rabbitt

“The United Nations Foundation applauds the 64th Session of the General Assembly’s adoption Monday of a historic resolution aimed at creating a new U.N. agency for women. We join the international community in supporting an expeditious process to determine the new entity’s precise mission, funding, governance, and oversight.

“Of the world’s one billion poorest people, three fifths are women and girls. The new entity has the potential to greatly strengthen the United Nations’ work in the area of gender equality and women’s empowerment. It would enable streamlined decision-making and oversee improved programming to directly address the human rights violations and challenges to individual, community, and national development that result from gender inequality.

“As we move towards the 15th anniversary of the UN Fourth World Conference in Beijing in 1995 and the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the landmark Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women in 1980, we are hopeful that Monday’s resolution marks a milestone in the UN’s efforts to improve the lives of the world’s women and girls. We in the international community look forward to supporting the UN and UN Member States in their efforts to move this important agency from resolution to reality.”

About the UN Resolution:
On Monday, September 14, 2009, the 64th Session of the General Assembly’s adopted Resolution A/63/L.103 that creates a new women’s agency to be led by an Under-Secretary General and consolidate the work of four existing women’s UN entities: the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and the Advancement of Women (OSAGI), the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), and the United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW).

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