The post of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement
of Women was requested by the Fourth World Conference
on Women held in Beijing in 1995.; the General Assembly endorsed
the request in its resolution 50/203 of 22 December, 1995
In paragraph 326 of the Beijing Platform for Action, the Secretary-General was requested to assume responsibility for coordination of policy within the United Nations for the implementation of the Platform for Action and for the mainstreaming of a system-wide gender perspective in all activities of the United Nations, taking into account the mandates of the bodies concerned. To this end, the Secretary-General was invited to establish a high-level post to act as the Secretary-General’s adviser on gender issues and to help endure system-wide implementation of the Platform for Action in close cooperation with the Division for Advancement of Women.
On 12 August 2004, the Secretary-General appointed Ms. Rachel Mayanja as his new Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women. Ms. Mayanja follows Ms. Angela King who retired in April 2004.
||Rachel Mayanja, who had been serving with the Food and Agriculture Organization,
brings to the post wide experience in the normative, policy and operational work of the United Nations including peace-building and peacekeeping and inter-agency collaboration. Her leadership style as a consensus builder will augur well for the Commission on the Status of Women’s review and appraisal of Beijing + 10 and the Outcome Document of 2000.