Follow-up to and progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcome of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly: Report of the Secretary-General (A/57/286)
The present report responds to General Assembly resolution 56/132. It reviews steps taken by the General Assembly and its main committees during its fifty-sixth session to promote the achievement of the goal of gender equality through the gender mainstreaming strategy. Particular focus is placed on actions taken in relation to the follow-up to the United Nations Millennium Declaration and at major events during the past year, namely the International Conference on Financing for Development, the special session of the General Assembly on children and the Second World Assembly on Ageing. An assessment of the work of the Economic and Social Council is also provided. Finally, the report discusses the catalytic role of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women of the United Nations Secretariat in support of mainstreaming gender perspectives into all policies and programmes of the United Nations.