United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
Fonds de développement des Nations Unies pour la femme
Fondo de Desarrollo de las Naciones Unidas para la Mujer
16 Dec 1976, under resolution 31/133 of the General Assembly of the A-XA3375 - United Nations (UN) and in accordance with resolution 1850 (LVI), 16 May 1974, of E-XE3377 - ECOSOC, following International Women's Year, 1975, and commencement of United Nations Decade for Women. Original title: Voluntary Fund for the United Nations Decade for Women (VFDW) - Fonds de contributions volontaires pour la Décennie des Nations Unies pour la femme, Current title adopted 1985, when became a separate and identifiable entity in autonomous association with E-XE3382 - UNDP, in the framework of F-XF1000 - United Nations System - UN General Assembly resolution 39/125. Ceased to exist following UN resolution 64/289 to merge UNIFEM with Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), U-XE9444 - United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (UN-INSTRAW) and Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women (OSAGI) to create F-XJ2621 - UN Women, 2 Jul 2010.
Promote women's empowerment, rights and gender equality globally; support innovative and experimental activities benefiting women in line with national and regional priorities; serve as a catalyst, with the goal of ensuring the appropriate involvement of women in mainstream development activities, as often as possible at the pre-investment stage; play an innovative and catalytic role in relation to the United Nations' overall system of development cooperation.
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Consultative Committee on UNIFEM (advisory board) comprises 5 member states from different regions, designated by President of the UN General Assembly for 3 year terms. Regional sections (5): Africa; America and Caribbean; Arab States; Asia and Pacific; Europe and CIS. Regional Offices (15): Central Africa; East and Horn of Africa; English-Speaking West Africa; Francophone and Lusophone West Africa; Southern Africa; Andean; Caribbean; Mexico, Central America, Cuba and the Dominican Rep; Southern Cone; Arab States; East and South-East Asia; Pacific; South Asia; Central and Eastern Europe; Commonwealth of Independent States. National Committees (16). Country Programmes (2): Afghanistan; Morocco. Director, accountable to UNDP Administrator, who reports to UNDP Executive Board every 2 years and to UN General Assembly once a year.
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