‘Ending all forms of discrimination and violence against women by 2030 is the mission of our time’ – Executive Director
Closing remarks of UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Executive Board Annual Session, 19 June 2014, New York.
19 June 2014
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Good afternoon, Mr. President, members of the bureau, members of the board,
distinguished delegates, colleagues and friends,
I would like to thank you
for guiding this annual session of the UN Women Executive Board to a successful
I especially thank the President, the bureau members, UN Women
colleagues, the Secretary of the Executive Board and his team for all the work
put into the preparations of this session.
I believe that this session marked
a turning point for UN Women. Over the past three days, you have celebrated our
success and achievements, and not only our potential.
You acknowledge that
UN Women has until now been under-resourced, and you have committed to support
us both politically and financially.
On behalf of all of us at UN Women, I
thank all Member States very much for your numerous expressions of appreciation
and support to UN Women.
We are indeed pleased with what we have
accomplished together over the last years - the institution we have built - the
partnerships we have strengthened, and, as you have so eloquently underscored,
the results we have achieved, which has led to higher expectations.
board session came at a strategic moment as the Beijing+20 review and post-2015
appraisal process is underway.
UN Women looks forward to working with all of
you for a dynamic, forward-looking and inclusive process to strengthen action
towards achievement of gender equality, women’s rights and women’s empowerment.
On the opening day of the session, we reviewed the strategic plan and
the progress we have made, with a focus on the year 2013.
gives to the board an opportunity to use the lessons learnt to review the
implementation of UN Women’s current Strategic Plan for the period 2014 to 2017.
We also have the outcome of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
58 and the latest report of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development
UN Women welcomes the strong support of Open Working Group members
for a goal on gender equality and women’s empowerment, and the integration of
gender equality dimensions in all other goals through gender-sensitive targets
For proposed goal 5: Attain gender equality, empower women
and girls, UN Women is calling for the title of the goal to include: fully
realize their human rights everywhere.
UN Women looks forward to working with
all of you to realize the future women want by 2030.
We also welcome
your support for evaluation. I noted that Member States highly appreciated the
joint efforts of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations
Population Fund (UNFPA), UNICEF and UN Women on evaluating the impact of their
partnership on joint programmes on gender equality.
The pledging event
yesterday was a second success after the turning point of last year. I am sure
we will have even more success in 2015. There is appreciation of our
accomplishments and recognition that UN Women deserves a new and higher level of
I am pleased to report that 44 countries took the floor at
yesterday’s pledging event, and UN Women now has a total of 82 pledges.
We have 39 multi-year pledges, nine countries with increased funding, and three
countries that pledged for the first time. The pledging event was an unqualified
We agree with Sweden that the time has come for a dialogue on
structural financing and we look forward to pursuing this as part of our
enhanced resource mobilization strategy. We intend to be innovative in our
We also take note of discussions on current administrative
services provided to UN Women and will look into more independent services in
the medium to long-term.
Yesterday we had a chance to focus on the
operational response of UN Women at country level. We heard from UN Women
representative in Papua New Guinea on the implementation of the safe cities
We saw real challenges and opportunities to align our
normative, operational and advocacy mandate. We saw how support and resources
are desperately needed to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women.
And today on the third and final day of the session we had a chance to
focus on the report on audit and investigation and on the a joint event UN Women
was coordinating for the first time this year, the Joint field visit of the
Executive Boards of UNDP/UNFPA/United Nations Office for Project Services
(UNOPS), UNICEF, UN-Women and the World Food Programme (WFP) to Panama and El
The visit was commended by all of you. You commended UN Women
coordinating the organization of the visit taking into account the small
capacity of the entity.
I take this occasion to thank you again the
President of UN Women Executive Board for being the team leader and all the
rapporteurs for the hard work they have been doing collecting suggestions and
recommendations and writing together the report.
I would like also to
thank you Ms. Vanda Pignato Secretary of Social inclusion of El Salvador that
presented the board with the Ciudad Mujer project, an emblematic programme that
is changing the life of thousands of women in El Salvador.
annual session, you have advised us on many important matters and on behalf of
UN Women, I thank you. We do not just want to hear praise, but also your
criticism, advice and guidance. We cherish an open dialogue!
taken note of your comments, suggestions and decisions and will take them
forward as we move ahead.
In our focus on resource mobilization, we will
continue to widen and deepen our donor base in part through country-specific
outreach to traditional and non-traditional donors. We want to encourage double
digit contributions amongst UN Member States while reaching out to the private
We will look for innovative approaches, which we will share with
you. At the same time, we urge you to re-prioritize and frontload contributions
to UN Women to enable us to fully deliver on our mandate and the results in our
I welcome the small, medium and large donations! Your
support is a testament to your commitment to the achievement of gender equality
and the empowerment of women on a universal scale.
We want to reach a
point where our discussions are no longer focused on our shortage of funds, but
rather on our collaboration and concrete accomplishments for the future women
want by 2030.
We want to direct our energy and total commitment to the
mission of our time which is to end all forms of discrimination and violence
against women and girls by 2030.
I thank the board for its commitment and
the good work of the Secretariat and our staff. We are moving forward with
renewed energy after this board session.
I call upon all Member States
to commit themselves to the Beijing +20 review and appraisal process. The
campaign is a call for action, the momentum for change.
We expect to see
you at the Apollo Theater on 26 June for our special event when we celebrate our
Beijing+20 campaign, Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity.
This is not a
mission impossible. This is a mission of our time!
I thank you and look
forward to working with on our shared mission!