ICN Calls for Plan to Ensure a Sound New UN Women’s Agency

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The American Nurses Association (ANA) provides the following information received from the International Council of Nurses (ICN):

"The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is expressing concern that UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon’s ‘comprehensive’ proposal for the new Women’s Agency falls short of a sound plan to address women’s rights and gender equality. “From the outset ICN, along with other key non-governmental and governmental representatives, has maintained that the new women’s agency be led by a qualified Under-Secretary and staffed in every country with the authority, expertise and budget to carry out targeted programmes and to provide the assistance that governments and the whole UN system require to effectively mainstream gender into every policy, plan and programme. Unfortunately, the plan presented by the Secretary General in January this year does not propose a structure nor the required budget of at least USD of initial funding of USD1billion,” stated David Benton, ICN’s Chief Executive Officer."

Read full ICN Press Release and aditional information on the UN Women's Agency.