Top government partners

UN Women received most funds, more than half in 2019, from its top 10 government partners. 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:

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The Government of Australia has been a longstanding champion of gender equality working at domestic and international levels for the rights of women and girls. As UN Women’s largest funding partner in the Pacific, Australia supports a range of initiatives to enhance women’s economic empowerment, strengthen women’s leadership, and address high rates of violence against women in the region. In 2019, Australia was UN Women’s ninth largest other resources and regular resources contributor with USD 8.8 million and USD 5.5 million respectively.

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Canada and UN Women share an important commitment to gender equality. A clear demonstration of this commitment occurred in 2019 when Canada ranked amongst the top 10 countries with the highest percentage of women in ministerial positions. In 2019 Canada was the seventh-largest other resources contributor with USD 9.6 million and the tenth-largest total government contributor with USD 14.4 million.

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As a fundamental financial partner, Denmark remains amongst the 10 largest contributors to UN Women’s total resources. In 2019, Denmark was the ninth-largest contributor to the entity’s total resources and the sixth-largest contributor to regular resources with USD 9 million. Between 2011 and 2019 it has provided to UN Women’s regular resources an aggregate contribution of USD 78.8 million.

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 2019, EU contribution agreements (including contributions channelled through other agencies) amounted to more than USD 292.2 million (EUR 245.8 million). 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.


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 2019, Finland was the fifth-largest regular resources contributor with USD 12.1 million and fifth-largest total government contributor with USD 19.36 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.


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 2019, Japan was the fourteenth-largest regular resources contributor with USD 3.39 million and the seventh-largest total government contributor with USD 17.65 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.


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 2019, Norway was the fourth-largest regular resources contributor with USD 11.7 million and the third-largest total government contributor with USD 31.25 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.


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 2019, Sweden was the second-largest contributor to UN Women with USD 56.14 million and the third-largest contributor to regular resources with USD 13.05 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.


Switzerland continues to be a strong champion of gender equality engaging with UN Women around issues of equal pay, women’s economic and political empowerment, and ending violence against women and girls. The Swiss Government is at the forefront of reducing and eliminating the gender pay gap, ensuring that national measures are in place to make the principle of equal pay for work of equal value for women and men a standard practice. In 2019, Switzerland was UN Women’s second-largest contributor of regular resources with USD 16.03 million and the seventh-largest contributor of total resources with USD 19.36 million.

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 2019, the UK was the largest regular resources contributor with USD 16.22 million and fourth-largest contributor to UN Women with USD 26.74 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.