|Statement by Counsellor YAO Shaojun at the 2016 Annual Session of the UN-Women Executive Board|
The Chinese Delegation thanks the presentation of United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women Mlambo-Ngcuka, and commends UN-Women on the positive progress made in implementing the Strategic Plan 2014-2017. China would like to make the following observations on the work of UN-Women.
Firstly, to work proactively, with the 2030 Agenda as the center. Gender equality and women's empowerment can only be achieved through development. China appreciates UN-Women's efforts in enhancing capacity building in developing countries and has noted that funds dedicated to capacity building represented 45% of the total program funding. We hope UN-Women can keep the momentum and attach more importance to investing in women's economic empowerment. UN-Women should implement the Strategic Plan, FPI (flagship program initiatives), resource allocation and Agenda 2030 in an integrated manner. Its work should be guided by the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the 2030 Agenda.
Secondly, to strengthen support to developing countries. Constrained by various factors, developing countries are facing great challenges in achieving gender equality and women's empowerment. UN-Women should, based on effective evaluation, increase its input in technical support to and capacity building in developing countries. It should make a point to consult with the host countries, so that its priorities of work can be aligned with the latter's national circumstances and tailor-made policies created for each specific country. It is also important to guard against being impatient and over-ambitious.
Thirdly, to strengthen budget control and enhance resource mobilization. UN-Women's budget is growing as its responsibilities expand. China hopes UN-Women will continue to expand its financing channels, to raise more funds while taking cost-saving measures, strengthening its financial accountability and auditing, so as to enhance its efficiency.
The Chinese government adheres to a path of innovative, coordinated, green, open and shared development and has started the comprehensive implementation of the 2030 Agenda, which is integrated in the implementation of its 13th Five Year Plan. Promoting gender equality, enhancing women's all-round development and strengthening the protection of women's interests and rights are among the key focus and priorities of China's implementation of the 2030 Agenda. On March 1 this year, the "Anti-domestic Violence law in China" came into force, marking a milestone in China's efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda in the area of women. During the Chinese G20 presidency, China held on May 26 this year the W20 meeting, which adopted the Women 20 Meeting Communiqué, highlighting the importance G20 attaches to women's equal participation in economy and enjoyment of development outcome.
China is working hard to implement the commitments made by President Xi Jiping at the Global Leaders' Meeting on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment last September. China's 2 million US dollar donation to UN-Women for 2016 will be officially transferred in a few days. China is also making steady progress in implementing in developing countries "Health Projects for Women and Children", "Happy Campus Projects" and training programs to women.
Thank you. Mr. President.