The United Nations has developed a new agency: the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. This new group, dubbed UN Women for short, will merge four existing UN Programs: The Division for the Advancement of Women, the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women, the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, and the United Nations Development Fund for Women.
UN Women will seek to support intergovernmental bodies such as the Commission on the Status of Women in their formulation of policies ad global standards and then help member states to implement these standards. This will include providing suitable technical and financial support. The agency also aims to hold the UN system accountable for its own commitments on gender equality. UN Women will begin its operations at the beginning of 2011.