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Generation Equality: Realizing women’s rights for an equal future

Monday, May 6, 2019

On the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, UN Women’s “Generation Equality: Realizing women’s rights for an equal future” campaign demands equal pay, equal sharing of unpaid care and domestic work, an end to sexual harassment and violence against women and girls, health care services that respond to their needs, and their equal participation in political life and in decision-making in all areas of life.

A short history of the Commission on the Status of Women

Friday, February 1, 2019

This short history of the Commission on the Status of Women from its inception in 1946 to today highlights the Commission’s advocacy for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. It summarizes the Commission’s key achievements in developing the global legal and normative framework, and in advancing its follow-up and implementation at the national level, for the benefit of women and girls everywhere.

The SDGs and feminist movement building

Friday, December 21, 2018

This discussion paper views the whys and hows of feminist engagement with the Sustainable Development Goals in a broader context: the key UN-related processes from the time women began getting involved with them in the 1970s. It was produced for the UN Women flagship report, “Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, and released as part of the UN Women discussion paper series.

Report of CSW61 and analysis of the agreed conclusions

Friday, May 26, 2017

The 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, from 13 – 24 March 2017, at a critical juncture in the changing political landscape and realignment of forces mobilized around the gender equality and women’s empowerment agenda.

Shaping the international agenda: Raising women's voices in intergovernmental forums

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The publication aims to build knowledge on women’s participation in national delegations to meetings of international organizations’ governing bodies by analyzing the best practices undertaken at the national and international levels, including specific examples provided by several intergovernmental entities. Building on these efforts, the publication provides a set of recommendations to empower a wide range of gender-equality advocates to champion gender equality and gender balance.

The Full View: Ensuring a comprehensive approach to achieve the goal of gender balance in the UNFCCC process

Friday, November 11, 2016

This research report, the second edition to ‘The Full View: Advancing the goal of gender balance in multilateral and intergovernmental processes’ (2013), examines developments in women’s participation in decision-making processes and expands on the lessons learned from the first report. It includes a set of recommendations for Parties, observers and the secretariat to the UNFCCC on ways to advance the goal of gender balance to promote women’s voice and agency.

Driving the Gender-Responsive Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Friday, August 12, 2016

The CSW60 Agreed Conclusions laid out the strategy and road map for gender-responsive implementation of all Sustainable Development Goals. “Driving the Gender-Responsive Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” highlights the key messages and presents an analysis of the CSW60 Agreed Conclusions.

Training for Gender Equality: Twenty Years On

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Training for Gender Equality: Twenty Years On analyses how training for gender equality has evolved from the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action (PFA) to the present day.

Evaluation of UN Women’s normative support work and its operational linkages

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

In 2014, the Inspection and Evaluation Division of the Office of Internal Oversight Services undertook an evaluation of UN Women’s normative work. The objective of the evaluation was to determine, as systematically and objectively as possible, the relevance and effectiveness of UN Women in achieving its mandate in support of gender equality through normative support work and its link with operational activities.

TRANSFORM – The magazine for gender-responsive evaluation – Issue 3, August 2015

Monday, August 31, 2015

In the third issue of “TRANSFORM — The magazine for gender-responsive evaluation,” the UN Women Independent Evaluation Office aims to make more accessible good practices and lessons learned from the recently concluded “Evaluation of UN Women’s normative support work and its operational linkages.”

Beijing+20: Past, present and future. The representation of women and the United Nations system

Monday, March 9, 2015

The Beijing Platform for Action mandates the full participation of women in the decision-making, including within the UN system. Twenty years later, statistical trends and future projections on representation within the UN system are analysed, and action points to overcome obstacles and accelerate progress are presented.

Summary Report: The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action turns 20

Friday, February 20, 2015

Progress, challenges and lessons learned on realizing gender equality, the empowerment of women and human rights of women and girls in the post-2015 context are analysed in this summary of the Report of the Secretary-General on the 20-year review and appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcomes of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly, prepared by UN Women.

Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, Beijing +5 Political Declaration and Outcome

Monday, January 19, 2015

Considered the most progressive blueprint ever for advancing women's rights, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action has been reprinted in this special edition, which also includes a copy of the political declaration reached at the 23rd special session of the General Assembly in 2000, which reviewed progress towards the Platform for Action five years after its adoption.

Quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the United Nations system (A/RES/67/226)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review of Operational Activities for Development (QCPR) was adopted by the General Assembly on 21 December 2012. It provides intergovernmental direction for the UN system’s operational activities for development, especially at the country level over the period 2013 – 2017. The QCPR resolution puts a strong emphasis on accountability, while underscoring the importance of ensuring system-wide coherence in both programmatic and operational terms. It also reaffirms the findings of the evaluation of the Delivering as One (DaO) initiative, namely that system-wide coherence helps to promote greater attention to, and focus on, gender equality and the empowerment of women in the UN system’s programming, advocacy and policy work at a national level.

Mainstreaming a gender perspective into all policies and programmes in the United Nations system (ECOSOC resolution 2012/24)

Friday, July 27, 2012

Economic and Social Committee (ECOSOC) resolution on mainstreaming a gender perspective into all policies and programmes in the United Nations system.

Trafficking in women and girls: Report of the Secretary-General (A/67/170)

Monday, July 23, 2012

Pursuant to resolution 65/190 of the General Assembly, the present report provides information on measures by Member States and activities within the United Nations system to tackle trafficking in women and girls. Conclusions are drawn and specific recommendations for future action made.

Quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the United Nations system: Report of the Secretary-General (A/67/93–E/2012/79)

Monday, June 11, 2012

This report reviews efforts to enhance the coherence, effectiveness, efficiency and impact of the United Nations operational activities for development. The report highlights a number of achievements and notes areas here further progress is required. Advancement on some issues hinges on the ctions of Member States. There is also the need for the organization to adapt to the changing development landscape and to reposition operational activities o the United Nations system in order to better avail itself of partnership oportunities as well as to operationalize development norms and frameworks. The report recognizes that the establishment of UN Women has begun to reinvigorate implementation of the gender equality and women’s empowerment agenda within the United Nations system.

Improvement of the situation of women in rural areas: 2011 report of the Secretary-General (A/66/181)

Monday, July 25, 2011

The present report, submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 64/140, reviews the activities undertaken by Member States and United Nations entities to empower rural women and contains recommendations for consideration by the Assembly.

Mainstreaming a gender perspective into all policies and programmes in the United Nations system (ECOSOC resolution 2011/6)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Economic and Social Committee (ECOSOC) resolution on mainstreaming a gender perspective into all policies and programmes in the United Nations system.

Follow-up to the Fourth World Conference on Women and full implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcome of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly (A/RES/65/191)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on the follow-up to the Fourth World Conference on Women and full implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcome of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly.

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