Top government partners

UN Women receives most funds, nearly three quarters in 2017, from its top 10 government donors. These long-term partnerships are particularly valuable, as predictable and continuous support helps UN Women to grow and plan strategically. In partnership with governments around the world, UN Women delivers for women and girls, and seeks equality for all.

Here are the top government partners for UN Women:


Sweden has long been a strong supporter of gender equality initiatives in the United Nations and is the first country to adopt a feminist foreign policy. The Government of Sweden is the largest financial supporter of UN Women and an important strategic partner. In 2017, Sweden was the largest contributor to UN Women’s core resources with USD 17.12 million and the largest contributor in total resources with USD 44.25 million. The partnership was further strengthened with the signing of a multi-year funding agreement in June 2018, whereby Sweden committed SEK 500 million (approximately USD 62 million) in core resources to UN Women. Read more ►

United Kingdom

The United Kingdom (UK) is consistently among the top five donors and provides a significant part of the core base that UN Women needs to undertake the fundamental work of its mandate.  In 2017, the UK was the second-largest core contributor with USD 16.5 million and the third-largest total contributor to UN Women with USD 25.5 million. In 2016, the UK and UN Women established a Framework Agreement to support specific programmes that align with the UK’s development priorities. This financial and political support enables UN Women to bring transformative changes in the lives and livelihoods of women, their families and communities. Read more ►


The Government of Norway prioritizes the rights of women and girls in national and development policies and is a strong supporter of UN Women. In 2017, Norway was the sixth-largest core contributor with USD 9 million and the third-largest total government contributor with USD 23.5 million. Apart from the financial support to the organization, the Government of Norway is a strategic political ally for enhanced coordination of gender equality in the UN system, with other Member States for more streamlined support to intergovernmental processes and to regional and national processes, impacting women and their communities. Read more ►


The Government of Japan emphasizes women’s economic empowerment and workplace participation as a tenet of Japan’s ongoing economic policy reform and as a strategic priority of Japan’s development cooperation. Since 2014, Japan has steadily increased its contributions to UN Women, and in 2017 it was the ninth-largest core contributor with USD 5.5 million and the fourth-largest total government contributor with USD 22.4 million. Japan and UN Women’s priorities align in several areas: ending sexual violence in conflict, the promotion of a gender-responsive infrastructure, and girls’ education and women’s leadership, especially in disaster risk reduction. Read more ►


As a longstanding champion of gender equality, Finland was a key advocate among Member States for the establishment of UN Women and remains a key partner. In 2017, Finland was the fourth-largest contributor to core resources with USD 11.6 million and the fifth-largest total government contributor to UN Women with USD 18.6 million. Finland’s cooperation with UN Women has grown increasingly stronger, and UN Women’s mandate and work correspond closely with the priorities of the Finnish Development Policy, which includes particular emphasis on the rights of women and girls. Read more ►

European Union

UN Women and the European Union (EU) have been collaborating to empower and protect the rights of women and girls since UN Women was established. Following the signing of a partnership agreement in 2012, the cooperation has deepened at all levels. From 2012 to 2017, EU contribution agreements amounted to more than USD 91 million (EUR 76.9 million) for UN Women programmes in more than 70 countries around the world, consistently making it one of the organization’s strongest supporters. UN Women is one of the core agencies of the Spotlight Initiative, a global, multi-year initiative by the EU and the United Nations, focused on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls. Read more ►