Statement by Ambassador Herman Schaper at the 2011 second regular Session of Executive Board of UN Women
Women: Statement by Ambassador Herman Schaper at the 2011 second regular Session of Executive Board of UN Women
H.E. Ambassador Herman Schaper
Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
on the occasion of the 2011 second regular session of the Executive Board of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women)
NEW YORK, 5 December 2011
Introduction The Netherlands would like to commend UN Women with the important steps it has taken since its establishment: UN Women has elaborated and is implementing a focused and highly relevant Strategic Plan, has appointed a new and committed management team and is now proposing a thorough Institutional Budget for 2012 and 2013. UN Women’s objectives are very much in line with the objectives of the Dutch international gender policy and we look forward to continuing and intensifying our cooperation.
Evolution towards a results and field focused organization The Netherlands welcomes the continuously strong focus of UN women on measurable development results in the field. We appreciate the approach to make a transition from a highly centralized organization to a field-focused organization and to scale up activities and work through larger and fewer programs. This will allow UN Women to dedicate more time and resources to strategically support and influence policy development at national and international level. We believe there is a central role to play for UN Women in this regard.
Internal organization It also is very well understood that UN Women still faces important work to be done in improving the internal organization before it is fully equipped to fulfill its mandate. We also recognize the enormous challenge for UN Women to have the right persons in the right place, train existing staff to adjust to new roles and to fill the more than 100 new posts adequately. This will be crucial in order to achieve the objectives of the Strategic Plan which we all agreed upon earlier this year.
Cost efficiency We are also pleased to see efforts to increase cost efficiency as reflected for example in the organizational efficiency initiative and the fact that the non-post costs have been considerably reduced in comparison to the baseline of 2011. We encourage UN Women to maintain this focus on promoting cost efficiency within the organization and in its cooperation with other UN agencies and implementing partners.
Institutional Budget We appreciate the step by step approach chosen to develop the organization and also welcome the realism demonstrated in developing this Institutional Budget which is transparent and in accordance with the SP it supports.
Funding and extra Netherlands support I commend UN Women with achieving a 35 % increase of available resources, compared to 2010 and support further efforts to increase the funding base and extend partnerships. In this regard it is my pleasure to announce an increase of 2 million euros of the Netherlands general contribution to the 2011 un-earmarked core resources of UN Women. With this increase we have tripled our general contribution, compared to 2010.
We also decided to increase our earmarked support to UN Women, especially by supporting Gender Equality Fund activities in the Middle East and Northern Africa region. Also, the Netherlands will finance UN Women activities in support of women’s leadership and participation in political processes and government in Morocco and Egypt in the coming years. Together these new contributions amount to another 3 million euros.
Butterfly effect To conclude, we trust that this support and all other activities of UN Women will have the butterfly effect as our women’s representative called it in her statement to the GA on the advancement of women: how something small (a butterfly flapping its wings) can change it all – bring a new wind of equal rights and opportunities for women worldwide.