Video message by Secretary-General António Guterres to Staff on the UN System-wide Strategy on Gender Parity.
"Gender parity at the United Nations is an urgent need and a personal priority. It's a moral duty and an operational necessity. The meaningful inclusion of women in decision-making increases effectiveness and productivity, brings new perspectives and solutions to the table, unlocks greater resources, and strengthens efforts across all the three pillars of our work."
- Secretary-General António Guterres
The System-wide Strategy on Gender Parity covers targets and accountability; special measures; enabling environment; senior appointments; and mission settings. It balances accountability with incentives, recognizes different starting points and challenges, and provides tools to empower and encourage staff and managers alike. The goal is not just about numbers, but about transforming the institutional culture to access and capitalize on the Organization’s full potential. It is about creating a working environment that embraces equality, eradicates bias and is inclusive of all staff. It seeks to further geographic diversity, particularly from underrepresented groups, and advocates that the twin goals of parity and diversity should be mutually reinforcing rather than exclusive. Initiatives should be sought which strengthen both simultaneously.
Over an eight-month period, staff from more than 30 entities worked together to define a roadmap to achieve system-wide gender parity. The result is a collaborative, inclusive product, developed by the system and for the system, which incorporates good practices and lessons learned.