Michelle Bachelet Unveils UN Women's 2011-2013 Strategic Plan

Michelle Bachelet, executive director of U.N. Women. Photo by: Paulo Filgueiras / UN

U.N. Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet introduced on Monday (June 30) the strategic plan that will guide the agency’s work for the period 2011-2013.

“The strategic plan before you is our shared roadmap for the next few years,” Bachelet said at the annual session of the agency’s executive board at the U.N. headquarters in New York. “Like any good map, it sets out a general direction to be followed. We will need to come back to it regularly to see if we need mid-course corrections and whether we are on the right track.”

The plan, which builds on the vision and 100-day action plan unveiled by Bachelet in January, includes longer-term vision, goals and results covering up to 2017 and is due for review in 2013. It outlines six goals that U.N. Women aims to achieve over the next six years:

- Increase women’s leadership and participation in all areas affecting their lives.- Increase women’s access to economic opportunities and empowerment.- Prevent violence against women and girls and boost access to survivor services.- Boost women’s leadership in peace and security and humanitarian response. - Strengthen the responsiveness of national budgets and development plans to gender equality.- Ensure visible link between agreements and operational plans to increase attention to gender equality.

Aside from these six development-focused goals, the strategic plan also includes four priorities for the agency’s management team in terms of shoring up support for U.N. Women and its work within the broader U.N. system. The plan also includes an integrated resources framework that outlines the planned projected total income of the agency until 2013.

Meantime, in her remarks announcing the strategy, Bachelet identified three elements that she said are essential for U.N. Women to fulfill the goals and vision outlined in the strategic fund: focus, financial resources and strategic presence at the national level.

On focus, Bachelet said U.N. Women is developing a “minimum package” of support services based on priorities set by its partner countries and identified by U.N. country teams. On the issue of financial resources, she said the agency is “finalizing a comprehensive partnership strategy which seeks to expand the current donor base, to deepen existing partnerships with increased level of financial contributions, and to diversify our supporters by building up strong partnerships with the private sector and foundations.”

Bachelet also identified U.N. Women’s criteria for determining which countries it should have a strong national presence in, including persisting gender inequalities.

“We propose a particular focus on LDCs and middle income countries with high inequality as well as countries in conflict and post-conflict situations with particular insecurity for women,” she said.

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