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UN Geneva is working to ensure gender equality in the workplace, including the most senior levels (Under-Secretary-General/Assistant Secretary-General), and across the system well before 2030.

Efforts towards achieving equality include encouraging gender balanced panels and presenters at all conferences and events taking place in the Palais des Nations.

Commitment to Gender Equality


The UN System-Wide Policy on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women was endorsed by the Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) in October 2006, as a means of furthering the goal of gender equality and women’s empowerment within the policies and programmes of the UN system, and implementing the ECOSOC agreed conclusions 1997/2.1.

The policy seeks to accelerate the efforts of the UN system to advance the agenda for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women through the practical implementation of the globally agreed commitments contained in the outcomes of global United Nations conferences and summits and to provide strong leadership within the organizations to ensure that a gender perspective is reflected in all organizational practices, policies and programmes.

The policy sets out six key elements for promotion of gender equality and women's empowerment:

  • Strengthening accountability for gender equality
  • Enhancing results-based management for gender equality
  • Establishing oversight through monitoring, evaluation and reporting
  • Allocating sufficient human and financial resources
  • Developing and/or strengthening staff capacity and competency in gender mainstreaming
  • Ensuring coherence/coordination and knowledge/information management at the global, regional and national levels

International Gender Champions

Director-General Valovaya

Tatiana Valovaya
Director-General, UN Geneva

"As the first female Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva and having worked in male-dominated spheres during many years of my career, my ultimate goal is that women and men are granted equal opportunities in my organization and beyond. It is self-evident that we will not achieve any of our goals if half of humanity is left aside."

I support the IGC Panel Parity Pledge:

Organize a follow up survey on staff perceptions about gender equality at UN Geneva to assess the impact of gender-related action over the past two years and inform the development of the UNOG gender equality policy after 2020.

Support a Gender Innovation Challenge open to UNOG staff to bring about innovative and concrete proposals to foster gender equality at UNOG.

UN Geneva Swap results

The landmark System-Wide Action Plan adopted in 2012 has since served as an accountability framework for gender equality and women’s empowerment across the UN system. It establishes a set of common measures with which to measure progress achieved by UN entities towards gender equality, including the mainstreaming of a gender perspective across all their operations. UN Geneva has reported its results every year since 2014. Each entity reports on its UN-SWAP results annually.