United Nations


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

31 January 1997


Fifty-first session
Agenda item 103


               [on the report of the Third Committee (A/51/612)]

            51/67.      Improvement of the status of women in
                        the Secretariat

      The General Assembly,

      Recalling Articles 1 and 101 of the Charter of the United
Nations, as well as Article 8, 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 also its resolutions 45/125 of 14 December 1990 and
45/239 C of 21 December 1990, as well as the relevant paragraphs of
the Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action adopted by the
Fourth World Conference on Women on 15 September 1995, 1/

      Concerned at the serious and continuing underrepresentation of
women in the Secretariat, particularly at the D-1 level and above,
where the numbers of women remain unacceptably low,

      1.    Welcomes the report of the Secretary-General; 2/

      2.    Also welcomes the achievement of the goal of 35 per cent
overall participation rate of women in posts subject to geographical

      3.    Reaffirms the goal of 50/50 gender distribution by the year
2000, and expresses its concern that this goal may not be met,
especially at policy-making and decision-making levels (D-1 and

      4.    Calls upon the Secretary-General to ensure full and urgent
implementation of the strategic plan of action for the improvement of
the status of women in the Secretariat (1995-2000) 3/ 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;

      5.    Requests the Secretary-General to ensure that individual
managers are held accountable for implementing the strategic plan
within their areas of responsibility;

      6.    Also requests the Secretary-General to continue his work to
create a gender-sensitive work environment, including through training
and implementation of all appropriate administrative procedures, in
particular the special measures outlined in his report, and through
further development of a policy on sexual harassment;

      7.    Further requests the Secretary-General to enable the Focal
Point for Women within the Secretariat effectively to monitor and
facilitate progress in the implementation of the strategic plan;

      8.    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 regularly
submitting more women candidates and by encouraging women to apply for
posts within the Secretariat, the specialized agencies and the
regional commissions;

      9.    Urges the Secretary-General to increase the number of women
employed in the Secretariat from developing countries, including at
the D-1 level and above, particularly those that are unrepresented or
underrepresented and from countries that have a low representation of
women, including countries with economies in transition;

      10.   Requests the Secretary-General to report on progress made on
the status of women in the Secretariat to the Commission on the Status
of Women at its forty-first session and to the General Assembly at its
fifty-second session.

                                                          82nd plenary meeting
                                                              12 December 1996


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

2/    A/51/304.

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


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