2010 Statement


Statement by Mr. Jun Yamada
First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations

On agenda item 129: UN Women


Main Part of the Sixty-fifth Session

United Nations General Assembly 

6 December 2010



Thank you, Mr. Chairman.


At the outset, I wish to extend to Ms. Michelle Bachelet, Under-Secretary-General of UN Women, a warm welcome to the Fifth Committee. I would also like to thank Mr. Jun Yamazaki, Controller, and Ms. Susan McLurg, Chair of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), for introducing their respective reports on this agenda item.


Mr. Chairman,


 Japan welcomes the decision to establish UN Women and the progress that it has made to date, in particular, its timely preparation of the regular budget component. We will support UN Women’s efforts to continue to pass successfully through the transitional period the General Assembly designated in resolution 64/289 and to be able to start its work robustly with the mandates conferred on it in January 2011.


In the same resolution, the General Assembly decided that the establishment of UN Women and the conduct of its work should lead to more effective coordination, coherence and gender mainstreaming across the United Nations system. In our view, its effectiveness cannot be ensured without making efforts to increase efficiency. We therefore concur with the view of the ACABQ that, regardless of our rising expectations, UN Women should strive to be prudent in managing its growth and seek economies of scale where possible. My delegation would like to see this matter discussed further during the informal consultations.


In closing my statement, Mr. Chairman,


I would just like to reiterate that my delegation will participate actively and constructively in the discussions to be held during the informal consultations on all aspects of this agenda item.


Thank you, Mr. Chairman.