UN chief appeals for funding to improve women's health and gender equality

13:48, October 13, 2009      

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday called for the international community to commit resources and funding to improve women's health and gender equality.

Ban made the appeal at the UN General Assembly's plenary session to commemorate the 15th Anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, Egypt, in 1994.

"The Conference was a shining example of what the United Nations does, like no other organization in the world: be a pioneer in addressing global challenges, and bring governments together to set international goals that go further than many countries would on their own," Ban said.

But despite the efforts over the year, "for far too many people the Cairo consensus remains more a goal than a reality," he said.

To fully carry out the Cairo Program of Action means providing women with reproductive health services, including family planning, backing poverty-eradication initiatives, preventing rape during wartime and ending the culture of impunity, he said.

"All of these actions require funding," he said.

"This may be a time of global financial turmoil and economic downturn, but it is not a time to renege on our promises to protect and invest in women - for their sake and for the sake of our collective future," he noted.

"I am personally committed to doing everything possible to empower women - here at the United Nations and around the world," Ban said. "I call on all development partners to join me in recommitting to the Cairo Program of Action until all of its promises are fulfilled."

Source: Xinhua
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