The regional office for Arab States partners with a wide variety of organizations and entities, including government, UN agencies, intergovernmental bodies, civil society and academia. The office is also exploring more partnerships with the private sector.
Partners include, but are not limited to the below:
UN agencies and UN Platforms: ESCWA; OCHA; HCT; UNFPA; UNHCR; ILO; UNDP and UNAIDS are primary strategic partners in the region at the UN level.
Intergovernmental bodies: League of Arab States and the Arab Women Organization are the key partners in the furthering UN WOMEN´s normative agenda in particular. UN Women works with the Arab league on furthering the Cairo declaration (2014), and with both the Arab League and the Arab women organization in enhancing the women, peace and security agenda in the region.
The European Union is a strategic partner and has generously funded UN Women to implement a flagship two-year programme entitled: “Strengthening the Resilience of Syrian Women and Girls and Host Communities in Iraq, Jordan and Turkey” under the Regional Trust Fund to the Syria Crisis, known as the EU “Madad” Fund.
Civil Society Organizations: Arab Feminist Union; the Arab NGO Network for Development; the Institute for Women Studies in the Arab World; the Institute for Gender and Women Studies; OECD, the Union for the Mediterranean; CAWTAR, Karama, Abaad and Promundo are a few of the regional partners. To enhance its normative agenda's effective implementation, the regional office will increase engagement with the Regional Civil Society Advisory Group (RCSAG), which serves to reinforce synergies between UN WOMEN and civil society partners.
Non-governmental organizations: the regional office is exploring increasing engagement with religious institutions, including Al-Azhar, academia, and specialized think-tanks, including Musawah, to develop knowledge products on modernized religious interpretations of GEWE and women's roles. In addition, partnerships to engage with men and boys, at the community levels, will be explored to enhance the role of men and boys as actors of change.