Yearbook of the United Nations, 2006. Part 3, Economic and social questions. Chapter 10, Women
In 2006, United Nations efforts to promote the advancement of the status of women worldwide continued to be directed by the principles and guidelines of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, adopted at the Fourth (1995) World Conference on Women, and the outcome of the General Assembly's twenty-third (2000) special session (Beijing+5), which reviewed progress in their implementation. In July, the Secretary-General transmitted to the General Assembly an in-depth study on all forms of violence against women, which provided recommendations for making measurable progress in preventing and eliminating violence against women. During the year, both the Economic and Social Council and the Assembly adopted resolutions on violence against women. The Assembly also adopted a resolution on trafficking in women and girls. Progress was achieved in gender mainstreaming, with the October endorsement by the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination of a draft system-wide policy on gender equality and the empowerment of women. In November, the Secretary-General's High-level Panel on UN System-wide Coherence in the areas of development, humanitarian assistance and the environment submitted its report entitled “Delivering as one”, which addressed gender equality and recommended the establishment of a new UN gender architecture, with an Executive Director at the level of Under-Secretary-General to head the new proposed office. At its fiftieth session in March, the Commission on the Status of Women convened a high-level panel discussion on the gender dimensions of international migration, a summary of which was transmitted to the Assembly for its high-level dialogue on international migration in September. The Commission recommended to the Council for adoption draft resolutions on women and girls in Afghanistan, assistance to Palestinian women, and the future organization and methods of the Commission's work. It also adopted resolutions on women and children taken hostage in armed conflict; women, the girl child and HIV/aids; and the advisability of appointing a special rapporteur on laws that discriminate against women. In July, the Economic and Social Council adopted a resolution on the organization and working methods of the Commission. The United Nations Development Fund for Women continued to focus on the implementation of its multi-year funding framework, which targeted goals in four key areas: feminized poverty, violence against women, the spread of HIV/aids and gender equality in democratic governance and in post-conflict countries. Efforts by the United Nations Development Group Task Team on Gender Equality resulted in progress in the areas of performance indicators for country teams and an action learning process to devise UN models for gender equality programmes. In 2006, the United Nations continued to strengthen and revitalize the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW). In May, the Executive Board considered the report of its Subcommittee on the Resource Mobilization Strategy on a proposed fund-raising strategy, which had been submitted by the INSTRAW Director as part of the continuing efforts to strengthen the Institute.
Yearbook of the United Nations, 2006. v. 60; Vol. 60
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