UN Women Istanbul office gains official status

NEW YORK - Turkey has officially become the host of U.N. Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, following the signing ceremony in New York on Friday.

The signing ceremony constitutes the last step in UN Women's decision in 2012 to set up a regional office in Istanbul.

Speaking at the ceremony, Turkey's UN Permanent Representative Halit Cevik, said that it marks the beginning of a new term regarding the cooperation between Turkey and U.N. Women.

Turkey also hosts the UN Population Fund's (UNFPA) Eastern Europe and Central Asia Regional Office, UN Development Program’s (UNDP) Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Sub-regional Office for Central Asia, and UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Centre for Regional Cooperation.

The Istanbul office will coordinate the regional operations of UN Women, and engage with public institutions to implement national gender equality commitments.

It is also expected to play an effective and powerful role in forming a cross-national women's policy in Turkey, and other countries in Europe and Central Asia.

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