Written by Euronews and ZEE News
As of Friday afternoon, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) has three resolutions on the floor from three different blocs. These resolutions grapples with issues such as increasing women participation in the political process. Many of them overlap in some ways. They all agree on promoting women’s rights and either collecting or using existing data to study how to expand them.
Another factor in common is that these resolutions are lacking in funding mechanisms. That tends to be a common problem in General Assembly committees, and it is evident in UNCSW as well.
GA resolutions are non-binding, so many states tends to look over how to fund their ambitious projects. However, once they are passed, non-binding resolutions does have an effect of international law, which is why funding details matter.
When pressed on details of funding mechanisms for the proposals, delegates from the various nations offered vague answers calling on unnamed non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to offer support.
“I know there are some NGOs that could provide funding,” said a delegate from the Wonder Woman HerStory bloc. “But I cannot name any right now.”
The other groups did not provide any other clear options for funding, with the Formation Bloc proposing a voluntary 0.01 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) to fund the programs.
“We know that developing nations may not be able to provide that much,” said one of the delegates in the bloc. “This would be voluntary with no obligation of requiring funds.”
The voluntary-based funding mechanism could prevent the program from being implemented in the nation states that could benefit the most from supporting women’s rights.
The draft resolutions are still being debated and are expected to be voted upon later during the Friday session.