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

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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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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 10: Reduced Inequality



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