UNDP welcomes creation of a composite UN entity on women

15 Sep 2009

New York The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today welcomed the UN General Assembly’s endorsement of resolution A/63/L.103 on UN System–wide Coherence, and in particular the Assembly’s unanimous resolution to create a composite UN entity on women.

This decision brings together the work of the Office of the Special Advisor on Gender Issues (OSAGI), the Division for the Advancement of Women (UN-DAW), the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW) into one composite body to be led by an Under-Secretary-General reporting directly to the Secretary General.

This historic decision will mean that women all over the world will have a stronger voice at the UN and will strengthen coordination and accountability for gender equality and women’s empowerment across the UN system. It provides an opportunity for the UN to improve its effectiveness in supporting developing countries to achieve Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 3 on women’s empowerment and gender equality as well as all the other MDGs.

During the 64th Session of the General Assembly and under the leadership of the Secretary-General, UNDP will contribute to the development of a comprehensive proposal on the new gender entity, as requested by Member States.

In particular, UNDP will seek to ensure that the UN development system at the country level can take full advantage of the new entity to advance the agenda of gender equality and women's empowerment in our development work and improve inter-agency coordination in this critical area. 

Contact Information

Niamh Collier, Bureau for Development Policy, +1 212 906 6111, niamh.collier@undp.org