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GA Adopts Resolution to Establish a New Women's Entity (September 15, 2009)

By establishing a new UN unit focusing on gender equality and the empowerment of women, the UN has affirmed the growing importance of women in the UN system. According to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the resolution of the General Assembly will also ensure the effective delivery of development assistance to women. However, the GA still has a lot of work ahead on negotiating the details of the new unit. (UN NGLS)

United Nations One Step Closer to Creating Pro-Abortion Super Agency for Women (June 30, 2009)

The Secretary General's Special Advisor on Gender Issues, Rachel Mayanja, has presented a consolidated response paper to UN delegates, which aims to build a women's super-agency. Even though the detailed staffing and cost projections are not defined as yet, this move brings the UN one step closer to establishing a new "gender architecture." The General Assembly will vote the in fall on a resolution for creating this new agency, similar to existing ones for refugees (UNHCR) and children (UNICEF).(LifeNews)

A New UN (July 8, 2005)

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, a coalition of former foreign ministers proposes a UN reform package focused on human rights, security, democracy and development. Concerned about the lack of cooperation among member states, the former officials call on the G8 countries to support their (rather conservative) plan, continuing the trend of sidelining poor countries in this crucial reform process.

European Union Proposal on Reform (January 1997)

Report in the Irish Times on EU initiative on UN reform.



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