Gender Mainstreaming is a globally accepted strategy for promoting gender equality. Mainstreaming involves ensuring that gender perspectives and attention to the goal of gender equality are central to all activities.
Focal point for Women
The Focal Point was mandated to monitor the status of women in the United Nation's System, and report on progress to the Secretary General.
The Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality (IANWGE) is a network of gender focal points in UN entities. The Network is chaired by the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women. IANWGE monitors and oversees the mainstreaming of a gender perspective in the programmatic, normative and operational work of the UN system.
Women, peace and security
The adoption of Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) on women, peace and security marked an important step toward increasing the participation of women and bringing gender perspectives to the centre of all United Nations peace-making, peacekeeping, peace-building and reconstruction efforts.
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Creation of UN Women
In a momentous decision on 2 July 2010, the General Assembly in paragraph 49 of its resolution A/64/L.56, decided to establish, by that resolution, as a composite entity, a United Nations entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women, to be known as UN Women, by consolidating and transferring to the entity the existing mandates and functions of the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, and the Division for the Advancement of Women of the Secretariat, as well as those of the United Nations Development Fund for Women and the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women, to function both as a secretariat and to carry out operational activities at the country level, to be operational by 1 January 2011.
In paragraphs 81 and 82 of the resolution, the General Assembly also decided, with reference to paragraph 49, that a transition period would start upon the date of the adoption of the present resolution and continue until 31 December 2010. It agreed that all the activities, including training programmes and research, of OSAGI and the three other entities to be merged would continue in accordance with the operational arrangements established before the date of the adoption of the present resolution until replaced by new arrangements. Further, the resolution recognizes that a process of consolidation of the institutional and operational arrangements, partnerships and brands of the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, the Division for the Advancement of Women, the United Nations Development Fund for Women and the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women will start from the date of the adoption of the resolution A/64/L56 and continue under the leadership and authority of the Under-Secretary-General, once appointed.