UN Women relies almost entirely on voluntary financial contributions to sustain its work and programmes for gender equality and women’s empowerment. The overwhelming majority of these contributions come from United Nations Member States.
2016 is the first year of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We have set the expiry date for gender inequality and are focused on our areas of impact to accelerate progress. This means achieving substantive impact and transformative change by 2030. Enhanced financial investments to UN Women, however, have remained inconsistent. This is unfortunate as UN Women steers a course through a formative period. A critical mass of resources will propel a positive cycle where we will be able to develop capacities, deliver results and build on continued support.
Moving forward, we will advance efforts to sustain and further enlarge the unearmarked core resources, gaining greater flexibility, responsiveness and results in our programmes. We are also actively exploring new funding mechanisms and partnerships, including with the private sector and emerging economies, to tap into diverse pools of resources for women. To date, almost 90 Member States have pledged to UN Women’s core budget. We hope that by the end of the year at least 150 Member States will be supporting UN Women, thus maintaining our wide government donor base.