Laws and policies

UN General Assembly resolutions agreed by Member States help shape UN policies and practices to advance the status of women.

In resolution 65/191 of 21 December 2010, the General Assembly expressed serious concern that the urgent goal of 50/50 gender balance in the UN system, especially at the senior and policy-making levels, remained unmet, and that the representation of women had remained almost static. Accordingly, it requested the UN Secretary-General to redouble his efforts to make progress towards achieving the 50/50 goal at all levels. It also requested the Secretary-General to ensure managerial and departmental accountability with respect to gender balance targets, and to strongly encourage Member States to identify and regularly submit more women candidates for appointments, especially at more senior and policymaking levels, including peacekeeping operations.