Within the framework of the launching of Chile’s Feminist Foreign Policy, held in the O’Higgins Hall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and led by Foreign Minister Alberto van Klaveren, together with the Undersecretaries of Foreign Affairs, Gloria de la Fuente, and International Economic Relations, Claudia Sanhueza, the letter of commitment for UNDP Gender Equality Seal for Public Institutions was signed.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alberto van Klaveren, stressed that “the basis of a Feminist Foreign Policy is nothing strange: it is the conviction to achieve a more egalitarian world”, adding that “it is a paradigm under construction, which will necessarily be updated, deepened and strengthened along with the progress of society itself and the challenges of the future”.
Subsequently, both undersecretaries made a presentation with the details of this visionary policy, which includes the signing of the UNDP Gender Equality Seal for Public Institutions as one of the evaluation components.
UNDP Gender Equality Seal for Public Institutions
In her speech, Georgiana Braga-Orillard, UNDP Resident Representative in Chile, thanked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its authorities for their confidence in UNDP’s track record and experience in the field of gender at both the national and regional levels, while emphasising that “no international issue, such as the climate crisis, peace and security, or the inequalities facing the world’s poorest countries, can be addressed by UNDP, or the inequalities facing the world, can be solved without a strong gender perspective that considers women and their broad realities”, and noting that “part of a feminist foreign policy is also to promote cooperation, both at the economic, social and cultural level between countries, to strengthen capacities, identify and share strategies to eradicate gender inequalities. In this regard, Chile has vast experience in cooperation between countries and in particular has been a pioneer in the implementation of an instrument for South-South cooperation, the Chile Fund, which seeks to promote cooperation projects with countries of the South, sharing Chilean experience in various areas. UNDP is part of this initiative and we see here a relevant space for the realisation of this feminist foreign policy.
Strengthening partnerships and accountability, so necessary for foreign policy and even more so for a feminist policy, will also be part of the dimensions to be worked on in this process, all with a view to achieving impactful results to improve the lives of men and women, as well as contributing to the country’s developmentGeorgiana Braga-Orillard, UNDP Resident Representative in Chile