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Intergovernmental bodies

  • UN Regional Commissions
    Five regional subsidiary bodies of ECOSOC

    • Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)

    • Economic Commission for Europe (ECE)

      • ECE Gender Activities
        www.unece.org ] Languages:  English 
        UNECE Gender Activities aim at mainstreaming gender into economic research and analysis, institutions, decision making and economic policies.

    • Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

    • Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

      • ESCAP: Gender and Development Section (GAD)
        www.unescap.org ] Languages:  English 
        ESCAP's GAD deals with a broad range of women's issues in the Asian and Pacific region, servicing intergovernmental bodies and providing information for anyone interested in the advancement and empowerment of women.

    • Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)

  • Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
    The Economic and Social Council coordinates the work of the 14 UN specialized agencies, 10 functional commissions, including the Commission on the Status of Women, and five regional commissions; receives reports from 11 UN funds and programmes and issues policy recommendations to the UN system and to Member States. ECOSOC also monitors follow up to the major World Conferences on Women.

  • Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
    The CSW is one of the functional Commissions of ECOSOC and the major policy-making body responsible for assisting in monitoring, reviewing, appraising progress and problems and maintaining public awareness of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, ensuring support for mainstreaming a gender perspective in UN activities, identifying emerging issues, trends and new approaches to issues affecting the situation of women.

  • Human Rights Council
    The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the UN system made up of 47 States responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe. The Council was created by the UN General Assembly on 15 March 2006 with the main purpose of addressing situations of human rights violations and make recommendations on them.

  • ARCHIVED: Commission on Human Rights (CHR) (replaced by the Human Rights Council)
    On 15 March 2006, the General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/60/251 to establish the Human Rights Council. On 27 March 2006, the Commission on Human Rights concluded its sixty-second and final session.

  • Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences

  • General Assembly
    The General Assembly is the main deliberative organ of the United Nations, composed of representatives of all Member States. As the highest intergovernmental body in the UN, it is also the principal policy-making and appraisal organ on matters relating to the follow-up to the major World Conferences on Women.

  • Security Council
    The Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. In recent years, it has also been dealing with the issue of women and peace and security, including through the adoption of Resolution 1325.

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