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Interview with Finnish Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, Kai Mykkänen

07 July 2017

In a May 2017 interview, the Finnish Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Kai Mykkänen referred to his country’s combined core and non-core contribution of approximately USD 14.53 to UN Women in 2016, and urged other Member States to also step up and help UN Women deliver on its mandate of achieving gender equality by 2030. Finland has been one of UN Women’s largest donors, topping the list in 2014. More

Interview with Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister, Isabella Lövin

07 July 2017

In 2016, the Government of Sweden donated a core contribution of USD 12 million to UN Women. In addition, the Government, through the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), contributed USD 30 million in multi-bi support – bringing its overall 2016 contribution to approximately USD 42 million and making Sweden UN Women’s largest donor. In an interview, Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister, Isabella Lövin explains why her Government believes UN Women’s work is such an important priority for its multilateral aid. More

Oslo Hackathon explores new technology to empower women in humanitarian crisis

13 June 2017

The first “blockchain hackathon”, co-organized by UN Women and Innovation Norway at the Katapult Future Fest in Oslo, brought together technology innovators to address day-to-day challenges faced by refugees and displaced persons. Blockchain is a technology that offers decentralized and secure online database, records and money transfer systems. More

UN Women Executive Director to visit Norway for annual consultations

19 May 2017

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will visit Oslo, Norway from 22 –23 May, for the annual consultations, which provide the opportunity to discuss the status of gender equality in Norway, as well as Norway’s contribution to achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment worldwide—a top priority that Norway and UN Women share. More

UN Women Executive Director to discuss progress on women’s rights during visit to Washington

11 April 2017

The Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, will visit Washington D.C., USA, on 12 April to attend a series of events aiming to advance public discourse on gender equality. More

UN Women Executive Director at Women’s G7 Forum

07 April 2017

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will be in Rome, Italy, from 7 – 8 April, to participate at the Women’s G7 Forum (W7) “Starting from girls”. The Women’s Forum, organized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, WE-Women Empower the World and the Aspen Institute, aims to foster dialogue among civil society, business, academia and the G7 institutional representatives on issues related to gender equality and women’s empowerment. More

Statement: Starting from girls, making women’s lives count

06 April 2017

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women ahead of the Women’s G7 Forum: This is an important time to renew and strengthen resolve for the mutually reinforcing relationship between women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work and the full, effective and accelerated implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the gender-responsive implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. More

From where I stand: “Technology sees skills before gender and disability”

06 April 2017

Casar Jacobson, a disability rights activist and a UN Women Youth Champion, shares her personal story of living with hearing disability and persevering to carve out a place in the world of work. She stresses on the power of technology in ensuring that no one is left behind. More

“Creating economic opportunities for refugees and their hosts is a win-win solution”—Yannick Glemarec

05 April 2017

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec at the Brussels Conference Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region, Session 3: Supporting the region and the refugees–implementation of London commitments and the way ahead, on 5 April in Brussels, Belgium. More

UN Women and Innovation Norway sign momentous partnership agreement to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment

07 March 2017

UN Women and Innovation Norway, the Norwegian Government's instrument for innovation and development of enterprises, are partnering to accelerate the achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment through innovative technology solutions. More

Speech: Making equality a reality

06 March 2017

[Check against delivery]   Mr. Gianni Infantino, FIFA President, Madam Fatma Samoura, FIFA Secretary-General, Distinguished participants, Ladies and gentlemen, Thank you very much to FIFA for inviting UN Women to be part of this important conference that brings together the worlds football constituency to celebrate the International Women’s Day. Remember that what we are pledging today requires us to work for women's human rights not just once a year, once a month or once a... More

Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka to visit Sweden ahead of International Women’s Day

04 March 2017

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will visit Stockholm, Sweden from 5 – 6 March, ahead of International Women's Day, to discuss how to remove the persistent barriers to gender equality and ensure that women and men have the same power to shape their societies and their own lives, both at home and abroad. More

Speech: “To promote gender equality and women’s rights, we need peace”—Lakshmi Puri

02 February 2017

Closing remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the Panel discussion on Women Girls Gender Equality in Action, during the Helsinki Conference on Syria. More

Interview with Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop

24 January 2017

Following the signing of the Australia-UN Women 2016-2020 Partnership Agreement on 16 December 2016, Julie Bishop, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, outlines why her Government believes funding UN Women is an important priority. More

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at Helsinki Conference on Syria

23 January 2017

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri will travel to Finland this week to participate at the Helsinki Conference on Supporting Syrians and the Region on 24 January More

Australia and UN Women reaffirm partnership

19 January 2017

In December 2016, the Government of Australia and UN Women signed a new four-year Partnership Framework Agreement, reaffirming their shared commitment to the advancement of women’s empowerment and gender equality in the Indo-Pacific region and globally. More

“Eliminating FGM is an essential step to realizing other SDGs”—Lakshmi Puri

02 December 2016

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the United States National Summit on Female Genital Mutilation on 2 December in Washington D.C. More

Press release: UN Women inaugurates Geneva Liaison Office

06 October 2016

UN Women today inaugurated its Geneva Liaison Office, which will provide strategic support and boost efforts for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls worldwide. More

UN Women Executive Director at the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan

03 October 2016

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will be in Brussels, Belgium on 4-5 October, to participate at the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan, putting the spotlight on the importance of the social and the economic empowerment of women to achieve lasting and inclusive development in the country. More

Edmonton joins UN Women Safe Cities

07 September 2016

The City of Edmonton is one of only two cities in Canada to become a champion city for the UN Women Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces Global Programme Initiative. More

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