UN-Women expresses its appreciation for the Evaluation of the Regional Architecture, which was conducted between September 2015 and August 2016, through consultation with member states, stakeholders and UN-Women staff at Headquarters and field levels. The evaluation analyzes the design, planning, and implementation of the Regional Architecture from its launch in 2012 to the first quarter of 2016. UN-Women considers this an important evaluation which reflects the current situation, both in terms of strengths and weaknesses, and identifies priority areas for attention moving forward.
UN-Women is pleased to see that the evaluation recognises the organisation’s achievements and the overall success of the Regional Architecture roll-out as approved by the Executive Board. It notes with satisfaction the evaluation’s reflection on impact in terms of UN-Women’s strengthened positioning and standing with Member States, civil society, development partners, and the UN System, and the increased impact on the lives of women and girls around the world. The evaluation is timely, coming in ahead of the process of developing UN-Women’s second Strategic Plan 2018-2021. This affords the opportunity to address the conclusions and recommendations of the evaluation as part of the new Strategic Plan’s development.
While the evaluation notes that UN-Women has made significant progress in the normative, coordination and operational areas, with significant contributions at global, regional and country levels; it also sets out some of the challenges UN-Women faces to deliver on various aspects of its mandate, as financial resources have not been translated in line with the budgets approved by the Executive Board. UN-Women looks forward to addressing these challenges within the context of the new Strategic Plan 2018-2021 and beyond, including through flexibility in and evolution of the organisation’s institutional structure and building more capacity to deliver results. This is particularly crucial in the context of the expanded scope of work that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE) provides. To date there is not a single country that has achieved gender equality. The 2030 expiry date of gender inequality requires accelerated progress and implementation of a gender responsive SDG agenda.
UN-Women continues to strive to enhance its structure, capacity and capability to impact the lives of the women and girls who are left behind. To this end, UN-Women has initiated a number of processes to ensure that the organisation is optimising its human resources, tools, systems, administration and deployment mechanisms in an effective and efficient manner. These processes include new ways of working as it is envisioned with the new programme modality of the Flagship Programme Initiative (FPI), which will harness UN-Women’s composite mandate in UN coordination, normative and operations. The aim of the FPI is to push for transformational and accelerated change to help Member States realise the GEWE aspirations, agreed through various normative frameworks including the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, as well as UN resolutions on Women, Peace and Security, and Climate Changes agreements.
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