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UN sets up agency to promote women equality
Saturday, July 03, 2010 07:45:42 PM, Agencies
United Nations: After intense negotiations stretching four years, the UN General Assembly has approved setting up of a single entity within the world body to promote equality for women at its plenary session chaired by Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur.
The establishment of this new composite UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, which is to be known as 'UN Women', brings together as many as four women-related agencies of the world body.
The move, which meets a longstanding demand, came last night after four years of intense and difficult political negotiations.
"The newest member of the UN family has been born," Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, told the Assembly after it passed the resolution establishing the new UN entity.
"This is truly a watershed day," he declared.
"It will now be much more difficult for the world to ignore the challenges facing women and girls or to fail to take the necessary action," he said.
Approval of the resolution culminates a four-year campaign to streamline the UN's activities promoting the status of women. It was strongly supported by women's organizations and other non-governmental groups who hailed the birth of UN Women.
India's Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur was one of the first ministers to address the General Assembly on the occasion of the creation of UN Women or the UN Composite Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women within UN, as it's officially named.
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