Top government partners
In 2020, UN Women received more than 60 per cent of its funds 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:
The Government of Australia is 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 and one of the 12 countries with a National Committee for UN Women, 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 2020, Australia was UN Women’s fifth largest government contributor in total as well as the tenth largest government contributor to regular resources with USD 4.5 million and the fourth largest government contributor to other resources with USD 18.5 million.
Canada and UN Women share an important commitment to gender equality. A clear demonstration of this commitment is Canada’s engagement in the Generation Equality Forum, including co-leadership of the Action Coalition on Feminist Movements and Leadership and nearly CAD 180 million to advance gender equality worldwide. In 2020, Canada was the ninth largest government contributor to regular resources with USD 4.6 million and the sixth largest government contributor to other resources with USD 14 million making it UN Women’s tenth largest government contributor in total.
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. 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. Moreover, the EU is co-leading the Generation Equality Action Coalition on Gender-Based Violence. In 2020, the EU was the largest contributor to UN Women with resources of USD 74.7 million.
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 as it co-leads the Generation Equality Action Coalition on Technology and Innovation for Gender Equality and is one of the 12 countries with a National Committee for UN Women. In 2020, Finland was the largest regular resources contributor with USD 20.2 million, the seventh largest government contributor to other resources with USD 12.1 million and the third largest total government contributor with USD 32.3 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.
Since the establishment of UN Women, Germany has been an active and engaged partner to advance the mandate and work of the organization. With its strong focus on multilateralism, Germany is a co-lead of the Generation Equality Action Coalition on Economic Justice and Rights, as well as a strong proponent of trilateral cooperation under the Team Europe Approach. Germany is one of the 12 countries with a National Committee for UN Women. Germany has steadily increased its financial contributions to UN Women. As UN Women’s eighth largest total government contributor in 2020, Germany contributed to regular and other resources with USD 16.1 million and USD 4.2 million respectively.
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 2020, Japan was the thirteenth largest government contributor to regular resources with USD 3.9 million and the sixth largest total government contributor with USD 22.6 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. Japan is one of the 12 countries with a National Committee for UN Women.
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 2020, Norway was the eighth largest government contributor to regular resources with USD 9.7 million and the fourth largest total government contributor with USD 25.5 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. Norway is a member of the Generation Equality Action Coalition on Bodily Autonomy and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and signatory of the Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action Compact.
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. Besides being one of the 12 countries with a National Committee for UN Women, the Government of Sweden is the second largest financial supporter of UN Women and an important strategic partner. In 2020, Sweden was the second largest government contributor to regular resources with USD 18.7 million as well as to other resources with USD 52.9 million. Sweden provided UN Women with the second largest total government contribution of USD 71.6 million, in 2020. The partnership was further strengthened with the signing of a multi-year funding agreement in June 2018, whereby Sweden committed SEK 536 million (approximately USD 62 million) in regular resources to UN Women for a four-year period. The Government of Sweden co-leads the Generation Equality Action Coalition on Economic Justice and Rights.
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. During the Generation Equality Forum in Paris, Switzerland joined the Action Coalition on Economic Justice and Rights and made significant commitments to advance women’s economic empowerment. In 2020, Switzerland was UN Women’s third largest government contributor of regular resources with USD 16.5 million and the seventh largest government contributor in total with USD 20.6 million.
The United Kingdom (UK) is consistently among the top ten donors and is a stalwart partner to UN Women, advocating for the fundamental work of the organization’s mandate. In 2020, the UK joined the Generation Equality Action Coalition on Gender-Based Violence and was the fifth largest government contributor to regular resources with USD 15.9 million and ninth largest in total government contributions to UN Women with USD 19.1 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. The United Kingdom is also one of 12 countries with a National Committee for UN Women.