– To strengthen gender equality and women's rights are essential to solve many of the global challenges we face , not least to reach the Millennium Development Goals. It is very gratifying that the UN's work in this field now gets a boost , “said Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store .
The creation of the new body was one of the recommendations that the UN reform panel headed by Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg presented in 2006. Norway has since then worked hard to establish the equality unit.
– I am very happy that we have a gender unit in the UN. Now it is important that it has a strong and competent leader, with enough money at their disposal. Norway is prepared to contribute to this effort , “said Environment and Development Erik Solheim.