Statement by Stephen Lieberman, Minister Counselor for Management and Reform, on Agenda Item 129: 2010-2011 Biennium Budget - UN Women, Fifth Committee

Stephen Lieberman, Minister Counselor for Management and Reform
New York, NY
December 6, 2010


I would like to welcome Ms. Michelle Bachelet, Under Secretary General of UN Women, to the Fifth Committee and to thank her for her presentation. I would also like to thank Assistant Secretary General Jun Yamazaki for his presentation of the Secretary General’s report for regular budget resources for UN Women as well as Ms. Susan McLurg, Chairwoman of the ACABQ, for the presentation of her Committee’s report.

As the United States has stated previously, we strongly support the creation of UN Women and consider its creation more than simply reform of the UN system. Improving the situation of women and children around the world contributes more broadly to their communities’ development, security and prosperity.

We strongly agree with the opening statement by the ACABQ in welcoming “the establishment of UN Women as an important part of the Organization’s ongoing efforts to strengthen its capacity to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century, in particular the increasing demand for United Nations system support to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment.”

In order for UN Women to fulfill their important mandate, the United States strongly supports the Secretary General’s proposals endorsed by the ACABQ for posts and resources as well as the funding option for a unified system for the integrated administration of all resources and the use of a grant modality. We believe this funding option will enable UN Women to effectively operate as a hybrid entity that has two separate funding sources for normative and operational activities. We also agree with the ACABQ’s observations that in this transitional and start-up phase, attention should be given and efforts made to achieving efficiencies and streamlining functions where possible.

We thank Ms. Bachelet and her team for the work they have done thus far and look forward to examining and discussing the proposals in more detail during the informal sessions that will allow them to achieve the tangible results Member States and the world expect.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.


PRN: 2010/314