Background

The Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and the Advancement of Women, with the support of the Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality and in consultation with the High Level Committees on Programmes and on Management, had responded to the call by CEB for the elaboration of a system-wide policy on gender equality and a strategy on gender mainstreaming. The draft policy and strategy, which the joint meeting of the two Committees had recommended to the Board for endorsement, was introduced by the Special Adviser, Rachel Mayanja.

Ms. Mayanja referred to commitment at the highest level, overall leadership and accountability as the main ingredients for progress addressed in the policy and strategy presented to CEB. She noted that an evaluation of the system-wide action plan for the implementation of Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) had validated other analyses carried out by the Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality and had identified the deficiencies that existed in those areas as the main obstacle to progress. She expressed the hope that the adoption of the policy and strategy by CEB would be the first step in a new effort to meet the challenges facing the system in this area. Following their adoption, the Inter-Agency Network would develop a system-wide action plan that would operationalize the strategy.

Action

CEB members thanked the Special Adviser and endorsed the document presented to it (United Nations system-wide policy on gender equality and the empowerment of women and strategy on gender mainstreaming)