Andrew Mitchell Says 'No' to More UK Funds for UN Women

U.N. Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet shake hands with U.K. Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell. Photo by: DfID / CC BY

The U.K. government has no plans of increasing its contributions to the U.N. agency focused on advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment, U.K. Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell said in not so many words.

Asked on July 20 by a member of the U.K. Parliament on whether he plans to increase the Department for International Development’s annual contribution to U.N. Women’s core budget to 40 million pounds ($64.8 million), Mitchell gave a very direct written answer: “No.”

DfID announced earlier this month that it will contribute 10 million pounds annually over the next two years to U.N. Women.

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