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EU responds to Agreed Conclusions saying financing for gender equality inaptly addressed

Written by Emily Davila

Below is an excerpt of the European Unions' response to the CSW agreed conclusions. It is good that some form of disappointment has been placed on the record. I recommend reading it as they explain their position and stick up for the big picture that was once again lost in politicking… we will keep our ears open here for further implications.

EU Statement on the Agreed Conclusions: Financing for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. 52nd session of CSW – UN Commission on the Status of Women

Mr. Chairman,

I am taking the floor in order to explain the basis upon which the European Union has been able to join consensus today on the Agreed Conclusions entitled “Financing for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women”.

The European Union attaches great importance to accelerated achievement of the goal of gender equality and the empowerment of women. We believe that availability of necessary human and financial resources for the empowerment of women and the commitment for adequate funding identified and mobilized from all sources and across all sectors to achieve the goals of gender equality and the empowerment of women have to be made and fully met. The European Union also believes that remaining obstacles and challenges need to be exceeded effectively and in a holistic manner and therefore also through reinforcing national efforts to promote gender equality and women’s rights in reaching the goals and objectives of gender equality and empowerment of women, laid down in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the Beijing follow-up process.

The Priority Theme of 52nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women “Financing for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women” has, in the view of the European Union, not been aptly addressed.

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