order to ensure gender mainstreaming as an integral part of all
its activities, the Economic and Social Council, in 2001, established
a new regular sub-item (7e) on its annual agenda on "Mainstreaming
a gender perspective into all policies and programmes of the United
Nations system" under the agenda item on "Coordination, programme
and other questions". The purpose of this item is to monitor and
evaluate achievements made and obstacles encountered by the United
Nations system, and to consider further measures to strengthen the
implementation and monitoring of gender mainstreaming within the
United Nations system (ECOSOC resolution 2001/41).
11 June 2002, the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues
and Advancement of Women and the United Nations Division for the
Advancement of Women, in collaboration with the Division for ECOSOC
Support and Coordination, organized a panel discussion on
"Gender mainstreaming in the functional commissions of ECOSOC",
to support preparations for the Council's deliberations under the
new sub-item 7(e).
Council took up the new sub-item 7(e) for the first time on Thursday
18 July 2002.
Ms. Angela E.V. King, Special
Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women:
of the Secretary-General on Follow-up to, and progress in the
implementation of, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action
and the outcome of the twenty-third special session of the General