Partners for change: Top donors to UN Women

UN Women relies entirely on voluntary financial contributions to sustain its work and programmes for gender equality and women’s empowerment. In 2013, 135 Governments made generous commitments to reach this objective, through core funding that provides UN Women with flexible resources that can be used for all its work, including under-funded or emerging priorities.

To shine a spotlight on our top donors, who have committed to core funding in the double-digits, we bring you a series of interviews with Ministers from our top donor countries. We ask why gender equality is important for their Government; how women’s empowerment and gender equality feature in their multilateral aid policy; and why UN Women is a great fit for channeling their development assistance.

FINLAND

Finnish Minister for International Development Pekka Haavisto. Photo: Laura Kotila/Prime Minister's Office

Core contribution to UN Women (2014): USD 27.2 million

Finnish Minister for International Development, Pekka Haavisto, refers to his Government's contribution of an additional USD 8.2 million, which brings its total core funding for 2014 to USD 27.2 million – making it UN Women’s top donor. In an interview last year, Minister Haavisto said Finland wants to contribute in a concrete way to gender equality, and lead by example, by increasing significantly its funding to UN Women. Read more »

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UNITED KINGDOM

UK Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening. Photo courtesy of DFID - UK Department for International Development

Core contribution to UN Women (2013): USD 19.5 million

In an interview, UK Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening refers to her Government's recent release of an additional USD 11.9 million in core funding to UN Women, saying she wants this funding to help improve the impact of the UN’s collective gender response and to further UN Women in its work with partner countries to tackle gender issues. Read more »

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SWEDEN

Swedish minister Hillevi Maria Engström. Photo credit: Jann Lipka

Core contribution to UN Women (2013): USD 19.3 million

In an interview, Swedish Minister for International Development Hillevi Maria Engström refers to her Government's recent USD 10.66 million increase in core funding to UN Women, saying Swedish aid has a strong focus on results and UN Women has been able to demonstrate several positive outputs in different activity areas. Read more »

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NORWAY

In an interview, Norway’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Børge Brende, refers to his country's continuous financial commitment as one of the top core donors to UN Women, calling UN Women an important partner that is on the right track and has been delivering.

Core contribution to UN Women (2013): USD 16.24 million

In an interview, Norway’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Børge Brende, refers to his country's continuous financial commitment as one of the top core donors to UN Women (contributing USD 16.24 million in 2013, USD 14.83 million in 2012, and USD 14.68 million in 2011), calling UN Women an important partner that is on the right track and has been delivering. Read more »


SWITZERLAND

Director General Martin Dahinden. Photo couresty of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

Core contribution to UN Women (2013): USD 13.3 million

In an interview, the Director General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Martin Dahinden, refers to his Government's pledge to provide USD 15.4 million in core funding to UN Women in 2014, saying UN Women can play an essential role in the implementation of gender equality policies and the development of expertise world-wide, if it has sufficient resources. Read more »


DENMARK

Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, Rasmus Helveg Petersen. Photo credit: Ulrik Jantzen

Core contribution to UN Women (2013): USD 10.6 million

In an interview, Denmark’s former Minister for Development Cooperation, Rasmus Helveg Petersen, refers to his Government's year-end contribution of an additional USD 3.7 million, saying his country wants to strengthen UN Women’s role as the most important international agency for data collection and analyses on women’s empowerment and gender equality. Read more »


Featured foundation

Over the past five years the Zonta International Foundation has contributed more than USD 3 million towards UN Women efforts to end violence against women and girls around the world.
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