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 2014, 143 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.
Core contribution to UN Women (2014): USD 26.77 million
Finnish Minister for International Development, Pekka Haavisto, refers to his Government's contribution of an additional USD 8.2 million, which brought its total core funding for 2014 to USD 26.77 million – making it UN Women’s top donor. In an interview, 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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Core contribution to UN Women (2014): USD 20.7 million
In an interview, UK Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening referred to her Government's 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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Core contribution to UN Women (2014): USD 15.92 million
In an interview, Norway’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Børge Brende, referred 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 »
Core contribution to UN Women (2014): USD 15.5 million
In an interview, the Director General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Martin Dahinden, referred to his Government's pledge to provide USD 15.5 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 »
Core contribution to UN Women (2014): USD 10.98 million
In an interview, Denmark’s former Minister for Development Cooperation, Rasmus Helveg Petersen, referred to his Government's 2013 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 »
Core contribution to UN Women (2014): USD 10 million
In an interview, Swedish Minister for International Development Hillevi Maria Engström referred to her Government's 2013 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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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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