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UN Development Fund for Women

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what her Department's position is on the future role of the United Nations Development Fund for Women in the context of United Nations reform. (75330)

The UK has been the largest contributor to United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)’s core resources in recent years. We are fully committed to the principles of gender equality and women’s empowerment and to providing support for the UN’s work on these issues. UNIFEM and other UN agencies recognise that in order to advance better outcomes for women and girls, the UN’s work needs to be better organised, more joined up and more effective. The Secretary-General has asked the current high level panel on UN systems-wide coherence to assess how this can be achieved. The UK will consider the recommendations of this review in deciding how best we can continue to support the UN system's vital work on gender and women's empowerment.