Gender equality

USG Movses Abelian speaking at a DGACM event about gender equality at UNHQ. UNHQ/DGACM

The Department for General Assembly and Conference Management is deeply committed to ensuring gender equality, empowering women and creating a more inclusive workplace for all staff, and it is taking steps towards achieving these goals within the context of its own mandate.

In recent years, the Department has achieved gender parity in its workforce at all levels thanks to the strong commitment of its leadership and to the implementation of a number of gender strategies and action plans in its various duty stations.

 
Action plans on gender equality and the empowerment of women

Since 2016, the Department for General Assembly and Conference Management in New York has implemented annual action plans on gender equality and the empowerment of women. They have been focused on achieving the following objectives by adopting the following measures, among others:

Objectives

Measures

Increasing managers’ accountability towards reaching and maintaining gender parity and creating a more inclusive workplace for staff of all genders

  • Gender-SMART goals included in managers’ work plans
  • Gender-related matters discussed at senior management meetings, including endorsement of action plans
  • Awareness-raising of need for balanced representation at events organized by the Department and in promotional materials

Ongoing monitoring of the representation of women and men in the Department

  • Gender statistics provided in HR monthly reports to Directors

Improving the organizational culture by mitigating unconscious bias, countering gender stereotypes and promoting gender quality and inclusion

  • Co-ed sessions on unconscious bias, gender stereotyping, and dignity and inclusion in the workplace, and sessions on gender equality for men
  • Guidance on gender-sensitive communication prepared and disseminated to staff

Strengthening the female talent pipeline by providing women with career development, training and networking opportunities

  • Workshops on leadership, communication and negotiation skills for women
  • Panel discussions with women leaders
  • Mentoring events for female staff

Promoting the use of gender-inclusive language within the Department and with other departments in the United Nations system

  • Gender-inclusive language guidelines and related materials produced
  • Related training provided to staff members in the Department
  • Terminology updated in UNTERM portal as appropriate

Raising awareness of gender issues

  • Regular communication on gender issues through internal newsletter of the Under-Secretary-General and communications to staff, articles on United Nations intranet

 

The action plans have been developed in alignment with organizational policies, strategies and guidance on achieving gender equality and parity goals, and building a more diverse and inclusive organization, such as the System-wide Strategy on Gender Parity, and the Enabling Environment Guidelines and their Supplementary Guidance.

In 2017, the Department for General Assembly and Conference Management in New York was nominated as a finalist for the Secretary-General Awards under the category “Achieving gender parity”.

 
Promoting the use of gender-inclusive language in the United Nations system

The Department has greatly contributed to the United Nations gender equality goals from a linguistic perspective, one of the departmental areas of expertise, in accordance with its mandate to mainstream multilingualism, as a core value of the Organization, into the activities of the Secretariat.

As part of an inter-agency project with the Department of Global Communications, the Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance, the Department of Operational Support and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women), the Department for General Assembly and Conference Management in New York has developed gender-inclusive language guidelines and related training materials and resources in the six official languages. The guidelines and materials are aimed at helping United Nations staff to communicate in a gender-inclusive way in the six official languages of the Organization. They are available through a multilingual website (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish).

In addition, the Department for General Assembly and Conference Management in New York has produced an information circular on the use of gender-inclusive language addressed to members of the staff, which is currently under review and will be promulgated soon.

In 2018, this project was nominated as a finalist for the Secretary-General Awards in the category “Multilingualism”.

 
Reporting on gender equality: UN-SWAP

The Department reports annually on gender equality through the United Nations System-wide Action Plan on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-SWAP, now in its version 2.0). UN-SWAP is the Organization's accountability framework for accelerating the mainstreaming of gender equality and the empowerment of women in all institutional functions of the entities of the United Nations system. It measures entity and departmental performance against 17 common performance indicators. 

The Department for General Assembly and Conference Management in New Yorksubmits a stand-alone report, whereas the Department in Geneva, Nairobi and Vienna report under the United Nations Offices at Geneva, Nairobi and Vienna, respectively.

In recent years, the Department for General Assembly and Conference Management in New York has greatly increased its performance for indicators such as policy, gender architecture and parity, organizational culture, capacity assessment and development, knowledge communication and coherence.

For more information on the reporting results for the Department for General Assembly and Conference Management in New York, see:

Summary of UN-SWAP results from 2013 to 2017

UN-SWAP 2.0 results 2018

 
Participation in gender networks

The Department is an active member of institutional networks on gender equality, such as the United Nations Gender Focal Points and UN-SWAP networks and the Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality (IANWGE). This involves providing input to institutional policies and strategies and continuously exchanging lessons learned and best practices with other entities.

The Under-Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management is a member of the International Gender Champions network.