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UN Women

House of Lords written question – answered on 6th June 2011.

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Photo of Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead Shadow Spokesperson (International Development)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ability of UN Women, and its predecessor body UNIFEM, to contribute to the work of UN country teams.

Photo of Baroness Verma Baroness Verma Lords Spokesperson (Home Office) (Equalities and Women's Issues), Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Lords Spokesperson (Department for International Development)

The UK played an important role in the creation of UN Women; we now want the new agency to get off to the best possible start. The Government look forward to the agency presenting its Strategic Plan to the Executive Board in June. The plan will outline UN Women's operational priorities, including its approach to working with UN country teams. The Secretary of State and other Ministers discussed this with Michelle Bachelet, head of UN Women, when she visited the UK on 16-17 May.

The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) performed poorly in the Multilateral Aid Review. We found it had a weak results culture and struggled to demonstrate delivery, including in working with UN Country teams. DFID is working closely with UN Women to ensure these shortcomings are addressed.

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