Performance standards on gender mainstreaming
across the Strategic Plans 2014-2017 of UNDP, UNFPA, UNOPS, UNICEF, UN-Women
Mr President, Ms Executive Director, distinguished delegates,
I would like to thank Mr Mr. Gonzalo Koncke-Pizzorno, Madame Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Mr. Aeneas Chapinga Chuma for their statements.
At the outset let me reiterate that Estonia firmly supports the work of UNDP; UNFPA; UNOPS, UNICEF, UN-Women and WFP`s. We are currently member of the UNICEF Executive Board and have as well, been members of UN Women and UNDP during recent years.
Concerning the work of the aforementioned entities, one of Estonia`s most important priorities has always been advancing empowerment of women and women`s rights. Therefore we would like to thank you for organizing today`s discussion on the gender mainstreaming across the strategic plans of the entities.
We were great supporters of elaborating the System Wide Action Plan under the auspices of UN Women and we are glad to see that the UN- SWAP and the respective Performance Indicators have definitely proven to be a useful tool in regards to gender mainstreaming across the UN.
We are glad to hear that the six entities have made significant progress in integrating gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls across their Strategic Plans. Several enitites also have specific gender policies. We welcome UNDP´s gender equality strategy for 2014-2017 that was discussed at the UNDP board meeting last week and we are looking forward to the discussions on developing UNICEF´s costed gender action plan for 2014-2017 this week.
As we see, several of the performance indicators of UN-SWAP have been met successfully by all the six entities. Still, some important challenges remain for example in relation to strategic planning, capacity development, resource allocation and evaluation. We certainly believe that the recently endorsed UNDG standards and principles for the adoption of gender markers will have a positive impact on addressing some of the gaps in regards to resource allocation.
In current times in the UN, there is hardly a debate where the post-2015 agenda is not touched upon and rightly so. As recently voiced in the UN Women Executive Board, Estonia firmly supports call for a stand-alone gender equality goal together with full integration of gender equality in all other goals in the post-2015 development agenda. We believe that any investments in women and girls have multiplier effects across the goals. It is clear that gender mainstreaming and empowerment of women, as well as women`s rights cannot be fully achieved without the consideration and inclusion of sexual and reproductive health and rights as well as addressing structural causes of inequality such as violence against women.
It is clear that post-2015 agenda and the priorities agreed in frames of it will have an impact on the work of the 6 entities on gender mainstreaming but we are optimistic that the post-2015 agenda will even more contribute to coherence and coordination between the entities by providing the overarching goals in this field.
The normative frameworks of CEDAW, Beijing Declaration and Programme of Action and Rio +20 as well as for example the agreed conclusions of CSW 57 must find their application in the operative work of the entities, including trough inclusion of the respective aspects into UNDAF.
As one of the most important entity in guiding and coordinating gender mainstreaming across the UN, we see UN Women. At the same time it is clear that UN Women alone cannot achieve this task but cooperation of all entities of the UN is necessary. We commend the work carried out so far by all entities and wish you success with overcoming the remaining weaknesses. Estonia will among other also continue our financial contributions that hopefully will also have a positive impact in this regard