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Colombia, to the Executive Board of UN Women

New York, July 17, 2012


Colombia submitted its candidacy to the Executive Board of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) for the period 2014-2016, in elections to be held in April-May 2013 in the ECOSOC.

Colombia has supported the organization since the beginning in all its decisions against the strategic guidelines, structure and knowledge development for the empowerment of women. The Government of Colombia has a strong interest to be a member of the Executive Board of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) with the aim of supporting the objectives of its six priority areas namely: Leadership and political participation of women, ending violence against women and girls, economic empowerment of women, peace and security, planning and budgeting for gender equality, and support the Millennium Development Goals and their management based on measurable results with the objective to achieve the expected changes for women and girls in different regions.

In terms of equity in education, Colombia has made significant progress on women as well as in legislation regarding political participation and economic empowerment, and is its willingness to put this commitment to serve the organization in the pursuit of more sustainable development targets for women and girls in the region. Similarly, Colombia sees violence against women and girls as a matter of great regional sensitivity and lends his tireless work and search for alternative models and experiences for improvement.

The Government of Colombia firmly believe that institutional change involves the integration of the entities prior to UN Women and appreciates the good practices and lessons learned on the subject of articulation and coordination of UN system to strengthen national and local capacities and to deepen partnerships between the institution and the national bodies towards gender equality and empowerment of women.

3 positions are allocated to the Group of Latin America and the Caribbean (GRULAC), and the candidates are Colombia, Cuba, Mexico and Suriname.