Today’s morning gathering of the Executive Board of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment (UN Women) marked the commencement of the 2019 annual session to discuss the organization’s operations, administration, and progress over the last year.
The opening statement for the conference was delivered by the Under-Secretary General and Executive Director for UN Women, Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngucka. Following the welcome of new senior staff members and Staff Council appointments, the major achievements of the organization were described in a review of the Annual Report. Moreover, Ms. Ngucka highlighted adjustments engendered by the UN reform, difficulty in guaranteeing stable funding, and the dissemination of resources as prominent challenges.
The agenda for the remainder of the Annual Session was then presented to delegates, who were subsequently invited to provide input through participation in a General Discussion. While comments reflected uniform support for the work of UN Women, representatives from member nations put forth recommendations for strengthened commitment to specific gender-related issues such as income security, disproportionate effects of climate change on women, and the possibility of heightened cooperation with men and boys. Further, the decentralization of operations through partnerships at the country level and continued collaboration with other UN organizations were urged to improve UN Women’s efficiency and effectiveness.
Meeting: Executive Board of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
Date/Location:Tuesday, 18 June, 2019; 10:00-13:00; Conference Room 3, United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY
H.E. Ms. Penelope Althea Beckles, President of UN Women;
Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngucka, Under-Secretary General and Executive Director, UN Women;
Mr. Jean-Luc Bories, Secretary of the Executive Board, UN Women;
H.E. Mrs. Katalin Annamária Bogyay, Vice President, UN Women;
Ms. Natalie Cohen, Vice President, UN Women;
H.E. Ms. Koki Muli Grignon, Vice President, UN Women;
Ms. Åsa Regnér, Deputy Executive Director for Normative Support, UN System Coordination and Programme Results, Assistant Secretary-General, UN Women;
Interventions from Representatives
Written by: WIT Representative, Izabela Zawartka