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Report of the Executive Director *
The opportunities and challenges of today's world highlight the need for transformational leadership, economic justice, and a commitment to sustained peace. Women are critical to all efforts to create a world free from poverty, violence and inequality. UNIFEM programming, focused on women's economic security, governance and peace-building, and women’s human rights contributes significantly to the response of the United Nations system to these challenges. Implementation of each of these objectives is measured and driven by a results-based framework, designed to create a learning and knowledge based institution. The present report presents major results achieved in each of the UNIFEM programme areas and looks at challenges and opportunities for the second biennium of its Strategy and Business Plan.
In taking note of the present report, the Executive Board may wish to endorse the results achieved by UNIFEM in implementing its Strategy and Business Plan 2002-2003, recognize its continuing progress in becoming the centre of excellence within the United Nations development system for promoting women's empowerment and gender equality, in line with its mandate as contained in General Assembly resolution 39/125 and reaffirm the role of UNIFEM in promoting gender-mainstreaming throughout the operational activities of the United Nations system.
II. UNIFEM Strategy and Business Plan 2000-2003: a mid-term review
B. Strengthening United Nations system capacity to support gender-mainstreaming
33. The increased number of agreements with United Nations organizations and the strengthening of existing collaborative efforts have enabled UNIFEM to make progress on its mandate to act as a catalyst in the United Nations system. UNIFEM synergy with UNDP is increasing on a number of fronts, thanks in part to new arrangements that allow UNIFEM to execute projects for UNDP. Through UNIFEM execution of 11 UNDP projects and other modalities, the two organizations are now collaborating on participatory budgets in the Andean region, on the first baseline study on gender disparities in Bhutan and a study on the impact of armed conflict on Palestinian women. The largest project that UNIFEM is executing for UNDP is a $790 000 initiative to promote gender equality in Burundi.