by Joanne Sandler
Mr. Chairperson, Distinguished Delegates, Colleagues and Friends,
I would like to congratulate you, Mr. Chairperson, and other members of the bureau on your election to this committee. I thank you for this opportunity to present the Note by the Secretary-General on the Activities of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). I want to thank, in particular, UNIFEM Consultative Committee members — representatives of Estonia, Chile, Korea, Norway and Sudan — for their guidance and support throughout the year.
Guided by its strategic plan, 2008-2013 (DP/2007/45), UNIFEM works with governments, civil society and UN partners to strengthen women’s economic security and rights; end violence against women, reduce the prevalence of HIV and AIDS among women and girls, and advance gender justice in democratic governance in conflict and non-conflict situations. The report before you (A/64/164) reviews results in all four areas, in support of the overall goal of supporting countries to implement commitments to gender equality and women’s empowerment in line with their national priorities.