UN General Assembly Weighs UN Women's Budget

The United Nations General Assembly’s administrative and budgetary committee considered Dec. 6 a proposal to provide financial support to the U.N. Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, or U.N. Women.

The Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions backed U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon’s proposal to set up a new budget section at U.N. Women and earmark some USD370,000 to create three new posts. At the same time, it urged the new entity to maintain prudent spending and prevent operational overlaps with other U.N. agencies.

Of the estimated USD500 million budget for U.N. Women, 1.4 percent will be financed through regular budget resources.

“In order for UN Women to fulfill their important mandate, the United States strongly supports the Secretary General’s proposals endorsed by the ACABQ for posts and resources as well as the funding option for a unified system for the integrated administration of all resources and the use of a grant modality,” Stephen Lieberman, U.S. minister counselor for management and reform at the U.N., said in a statement.

“We believe this funding option will enable UN Women to effectively operate as a hybrid entity that has two separate funding sources for normative and operational activities,” he added. 

U.N. Women is due to start operations in January 2011.

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