[Dateline: Tuesday, 27 October 2009, New York | Author: iSeek ]
After the General Assembly adopted a resolution (A/RES/63/311) on the last day of the 63rd session calling for the consolidation of four entities currently focused on issues related to women, work is underway to draft a comprehensive proposal outlining steps to be taken to create a new UN gender architecture.
The Secretary-General hopes to present a proposal on this merger of four currently-separate units to Member States by the end of the year.
The resolution specifically calls for the consolidation of the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women (DESA/OSAGI) and the Division for the Advancement of Women in the Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA/DAW), the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW).
The new entity will be headed by an Under-Secretary-General.
In a statement issued by his spokesperson, the Secretary-General called the resolution “an important step” towards “strengthening the United Nations’ work in the area of gender equality and empowerment of women as well as in ensuring the effective delivery of its operational activities for development.”
The statement went on to note that “the Secretary-General is particularly gratified that Member States have agreed to his proposal to consolidate all four women-specific entities into a stronger composite entity for a more robust promotion of the rights and well-being of women around the world.”