Mandates for incorporating gender perspectives in medium-term
and programme budgets in the United Nations
special session of the General Assembly to follow-up implementation
of the Platform for Action June 2000 (A/S-23/10/Rev.1)
"65. The realization and the achievement
of the goals of gender equality, development and peace need
to be supported by the allocation of necessary human, financial
and material resources for specific and targeted activities
to ensure gender equality at the local, national, regional and
international levels as well as by enhanced and increased international
cooperation. Explicit attention to these goals in the budgetary
processes at the national, regional and international levels
"73 (b). Incorporate a gender perspective
into the design, development, adoption and execution of all
budgetary processes, as appropriate, in order to promote equitable,
effective and appropriate resource allocation and establish
adequate budgetary allocations to support gender equality and
development programmes that enhance women's empowerment and
develop the necessary analytical and methodological tools and
mechanisms for monitoring and evaluation;"
ECOSOC Resolution, July 1998 (E/Res/1998/26)
"13. Requests the governing bodies of the
United Nations funds and programmes to monitor the implementation
of gender mainstreaming in their programme of work, including
in the budgeting of their respective organizations."
General Assembly Resolution, December 1997 (A/Res/52/100)
"11. Requests all bodies that deal with
programme and budgetary matters, including the Committee for
Programme and Coordination, to ensure that all programmes, medium-term
plans and programme budgets visibly mainstream a gender perspective:
12. Invites other intergovernmental bodies, such as the governing
bodies of the United Nations funds and programmes, to monitor
the way in which the concerned agencies, funds and programmes
implement gender mainstreaming in their respective medium-term
plans and programme budgets, including at the field level."
Letter of the Secretary General, 13 October
a) to Heads of Departments, Programmes, Funds
and Regional Commissions "&I would like you to take a number
of steps:& c) Prepare medium-term plans and programme budgets
in such a manner that a gender perspective is apparent."
b) to Heads of Specialized Agencies "&Medium-term
plans and programme budgets also need to be prepared in such
a way as to ensure that a gender perspective is apparent."
ECOSOC Agreed Conclusions July 1997/2
"The Council encourages the General Assembly
to direct all of its committees and bodies and draw the attention
of other bodies of the United Nations system to the need to
mainstream a gender perspective systematically into all areas
of their work, in particular in such areas as macroeconomic
questions, operational activities for development, poverty eradication,
human rights, humanitarian assistance, budgeting, disarmament,
peace and security, and legal and political matters&" (p29).
" All bodies that deal with programme and
budgetary matters, including the Committee for Programme and
Coordination, should ensure that all programmes visibly mainstream
a gender perspective" (p29).
"United Nations funds and programmes and
specialized agencies should ensure that, on the basis of gender
analysis, gender concerns are addressed in all planning activities
when setting priorities, allocating resources and identifying
actions and activities." (p31).