United Nations


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

1 February 1996


Fiftieth session
Agenda item 107


               [on the report of the Third Committee (A/50/630)]

            50/164.     Improvement of the status of women in
                        the Secretariat

      The General Assembly,

      Recalling Articles 1 and 101 of the Charter of the United

      Recalling also Article 8 of the Charter, which provides that the
United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men
and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of
equality in its principal and subsidiary organs,

      Recalling further the relevant paragraphs of the Nairobi Forward-
looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women  1/ and the Beijing
Declaration and the Platform for Action adopted by the Fourth World
Conference on Women on 15 September 1995,  2/

      Concerned at the serious and continuing underrepresentation of
women in the Secretariat, particularly at the higher decision-making

      Convinced that the improvement of the status of women in the
Secretariat could significantly enhance the effectiveness and
credibility of the United Nations, including its leadership role in
advancing the status of women worldwide and in promoting the full
participation of women in all aspects of decision-making,

      Disappointed that the objective set in its resolutions 45/125 of
14 December 1990 and 45/239 C of 21 December 1990 of a 35 per cent
overall participation rate of women in posts subject to geographical
distribution by 1995 has not been met,

      Disappointed also that the goal set in its resolution 45/239 C of
a 25 per cent participation rate of women in posts at the D-1 level
and above by 1995 has not been met and that their level of
representation remains unacceptably low,

      Recalling its resolution 49/167 of 23 December 1994, in which it
urged the Secretary-General to implement fully the strategic plan of
action for the improvement of the status of women in the Secretariat
(1995-2000),  3/

      Noting the efforts made by the Secretary-General and the Office
of Human Resources Management of the Secretariat to integrate the
objectives set by the General Assembly for the improvement of the
status of women in the Secretariat into the overall strategy for the
management of the Organization's human resources, and noting also that
such a comprehensive approach would be conducive to enhancing the
status of women in the Secretariat,

      Recognizing the importance of providing equal employment
opportunities for all staff,

      Aware that a comprehensive policy aimed at preventing and dealing
with sexual harassment should be an integral part of personnel policy,

      Welcoming the statement of the Administrative Committee on
Coordination on the status of women in the secretariats of the United
Nations system,  4/ in which the members of the Committee
reaffirmed their strong commitment to ensuring that the advancement of
women was a priority within the organizations of the common system and
to taking measures to improve the status of women in their respective

      1.    Welcomes the report of the Secretary-General;  5/

      2.    Notes the efforts to date of the Secretary-General to
implement the strategic plan of action for the improvement of the
status of women in the Secretariat (1995-2000), and reaffirms that his
continued visible commitment is essential to the achievement of the
goals and objectives of the strategic plan;

      3.    Calls upon the Secretary-General to ensure full and urgent
implementation of the strategic plan in order to achieve the goal
contained in the Platform for Action adopted by the Fourth World
Conference on Women for overall gender equality, particularly at the
Professional level and above, by the year 2000;

      4.    Also calls upon the Secretary-General to fulfil his target,
reaffirmed by the Fourth World Conference on Women, of having women
hold 50 per cent of managerial and decision-making positions by the
year 2000;

      5.    Welcomes the Secretary-General's initiatives to date to
ensure implementation of the strategic plan, including the
incorporation of measures into the performance appraisal system to
hold managers responsible and accountable and the inclusion in
training programmes of components designed to sensitize managers to
gender issues;

      6.    Urges the Secretary-General to continue his work on
improving the work practices and environment within the United Nations
system with a view to increasing flexibility so as to remove direct or
indirect discrimination, including against staff members with family
responsibilities, through, inter alia, consideration of such issues as
spouse employment, job-sharing, flexible working hours, child-care
arrangements and career-break schemes, and to improve access for all
staff to training and career development;

      7.    Notes the examination that has begun of the effectiveness of
the Organization's policies and procedures, established in 1992, to
deal with sexual harassment in the workplace, and urges the Secretary-
General to ensure that the examination leads to a comprehensive and
effective policy, including grievance mechanisms, for the prevention
and redress of sexual harassment in the Secretariat;

      8.    Urges the Secretary-General to increase the number of women
employed in the Secretariat from developing countries, particularly
those that are unrepresented or underrepresented, and from other
countries that have a low representation of women, including countries
in transition;

      9.    Requests the Secretary-General to ensure that equal
employment opportunities exist for all staff;

      10.   Also requests the Secretary-General to enable, from within
existing resources, the Focal Point for Women within the Secretariat
effectively to monitor and facilitate progress in the implementation
of the strategic plan;

      11.   Strongly encourages Member States to support the strategic
plan and the efforts of the United Nations and the specialized
agencies to increase the percentage of women in Professional posts,
especially at the D-1 level and above, by identifying and submitting
more women candidates, encouraging women to apply for vacant posts and
creating national rosters of women candidates to be shared with the
Secretariat, specialized agencies and regional commissions;

      12.   Requests the Secretary-General, in accordance with the
relevant rules on the delivery timetable for documentation, to ensure
that a progress report on the status of women in the Secretariat is
submitted to the Commission on the Status of Women at its fortieth
session and to the General Assembly at its fifty-first session, taking
into account the promotion of integrated reporting.

                                                          99th plenary meeting
                                                              22 December 1995


1/          Report of the World Conference to Review and Appraise the
Achievements of the United Nations Decade for Women:  Equality,
Development and Peace, Nairobi, 15-26 July 1985 (United Nations
publication, Sales No. E.85.IV.10), chap. I, sect. A.

2/          A/CONF.177/20, chap. I, resolution 1, annexes I and II.

3/          A/49/587 and Corr.1, sect. IV.

4/          See A/50/691, annex.

5/          A/50/691.

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