UN Women + new NCDs report & maternal mortality featured at UN CSW

CSW Quotes of note

Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Ms Bachelet briefed delegates during the session’s opening on how her organization plans to achieve a “world where women and men have equal rights and opportunities, and the principles of gender equality and women's empowerment are firmly integrated in the development, human rights, and peace and security agendas.”

Ms Bachelet said the work of UN Women will focus on the following five priorities:

  • Expanding women’s voice, leadership and participation;
  • Ending violence against women;
  • Strengthening women’s full participation in conflict resolution and peace processes;
  • Enhancing women’s economic empowerment; and
  • Ensuring gender priorities are reflected in national plans and budgets, including capacity to support CEDAW reporting.

Mr Garen Nazarian, Chair of the Commission on the Status of Women, expressed high hopes for the new organization:

“The establishment of UN Women has created an unprecedented momentum for action towards gender equality and women’s empowerment,” he said. “UN Women will be a key partner in all our efforts.”

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Ms Asha-Rose Migiro, delivered a plea to member states the following day, asking for continued commitment to the UN’s goals for gender equality and empowerment of women.

“UN women cannot achieve what you have asked it to do alone,” she said. “We need you to work in your capitals to ensure that gender equality and the empowerment of women are mainstreamed within the apparatus of government, that ministries, departments and programmes find strategic synergies to this end, and that financial priority is given where most it is needed.”