The mission of the Women’s International Forum is to provide a forum for briefings and discussions on international affairs, in order to promote understanding and mutual appreciation among members of the diplomatic community, the United Nations Secretariat and the United Nations community at large and to network, promote knowledge and raise awareness about current international issues particularly those related to the United Nations, and to uphold the purpose and the principles of the United Nations Charter.

The Women's International Forum presents eminent speakers from around the world addressing a range of topics that engage the United Nations and the international community.

WIF Today

WIF has a current membership of over 300 women and men. The UN Secretariat invites WIF to hold its briefings in a conference room in the UN Headquarters Building. The briefings are open not only to WIF members, but also to diplomats from the Permanent Missions to the UN and officials in the UN Secretariat.

Mrs. Ban Soon-Taek, wife of the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, is the Patron of the WIF. Many of the women who serve as their countries’ permanent representatives or as high-ranking officials of the UN Secretariat serve on the WIF Honorary Board.

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April 29, 2015 |

UN allocates $15 million in emergency funds for Nepal earthquake response

28 April 2015 – In response to severe devastation caused by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake and many strong aftershocks that have hit Nepal since 25 April, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator today released $15 million through the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to enable humanitarian aid organizations to rapidly scale up operations and provide […]

March 8, 2015 |

Gender equality vital for world to fulfill potential, Ban tells thousands at women’s march in New York

8 March 2015 – Thousands of people gathered today in New York to march from United Nations headquarters to Times Square in commemoration of International Women’s Day and to demand greater efforts by Governments to achieve gender equality worldwide. Among the many distinguished speakers who addressed marchers, the Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, sounded a call for […]

January 13, 2015 |

UN study finds increase in women managers, urges greater efforts for workforce equality

12 January 2015 – The last 20 years has seen a surge in the number of women employed in senior and middle management positions, according to a new United Nations report, which notes that although all-male company boards are decreasing in number, more must be done to achieve gender parity. The study, released by the […]

January 1, 2015 |

Number of people affected by Ebola tops 20,000 – UN health agency

29 December 2014 – The head of the United Nations Ebola emergency response mission is set to open a treatment facility in Liberia near the Sierra Leonean border during a visit to review where the UN can do more to help, as the World Health Organization (WHO) today reported that more 20,000 people have now […]

December 23, 2014 |

On International Day, Ban urges human solidarity to build new sustainability agenda

20 December 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked Human Solidarity Day today by calling for joint action to craft and take forward a new, inlcusive development agenda that eradicates poverty, protects the planet and ensures dignity for all. Read more

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