Next week, a group of 150 NGOs will tell the Secretary-General that the United Nations needs a new women’s agency.
Specifically, the proposal is to take three existing entities (the U.N. Development Fund for Women, the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and the U.N. Division for the Advancement of Women) and knock them together into one. The leader would become the third highest ranking member of the UN after the Secretary-General (!).
A major part of the plan to direct more funds to the women’s work. The three existing women’s entities together command only $65 million, while in comparison, UNICEF, the children’s agency has a budget of $2 billion.
On Monday afternoon, there is a meeting about this called, UN-system wide coherence: recommendations of the High-level Panel on the gender architecture of the United Nations (yikes, what a title). I’ll be there.