Partner spotlight: United Kingdom
The Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) has been among the top-five donors to UN Women since the organization’s inception in 2011. The UK often prioritizes core funding to UN Women and supplements this with non-core funding (earmarked for programmes) in strategic thematic areas which correspond to its development priorities, such as peace and security.
The UK pursues an all-of-Government approach to incorporating gender equality in its policies and remains a steadfast supporter of UN Women and the work to change norms and change lives. The support of this government partner allows UN Women flexibility to focus on implementing its strategic plans and ensuring that its work supports the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as other normative commitments, such as the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Funding from the UK has provided a significant part of the core base UN Women needs to undertake the fundamental work of its mandate.
Between 2011 and 2019, the UK has provided an aggregate contribution of USD 211.52 million to UN Women. 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 February 2016, the UK and UN Women entered into a framework agreement to enable more efficient handling of non-core funding to specific programmes supported by the UK. As of 2018, the UK has started making use of the payment-by-results model, where 30 per cent of core funding to UN Women is contingent on the achievement of mutually agreed milestones and targets.
The partnership between the Government of the UK and UN Women upholds and strives to ensure that women are economically empowered and afforded opportunities for leadership and participation, that all forms of violence against women and girls are eliminated, that girls’ education is a priority, and that sexual and reproductive health and rights are universal.