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 (more than 98 per cent) come from United Nations Member States .
In light of a landmark year—commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the 15th anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325—a growing number of governments have affirmed strong political support for the gender equality agenda. Enhanced financial investments to UN Women, however, have remained stagnant. This is particularly essential 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 impact in our programmes. We are also actively exploring new funding mechanisms and partnerships, including with the private sector and emerging economies, to tap diverse pools of resources for women.