UN Reform through the lens of women’s rights and gender equality
There is a vibrant international conversation about the future of multilateralism and the role of the United Nations that started with a global consultation for the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the UN. This global consultation included voices from young activists, civil society organizations, academia, the private sector, and of course governments. The outcomes were impressive in quantity and quality, the report “Shaping Our Future Together”, declarations from youth organizations and civil society, and an intergovernmental outcome: the “UN75 Political Declaration” which mandated the UN Secretary General to prepare an implementation roadmap. This roadmap, called “Our common Agenda” was launched in 2021 and has become a blueprint for a much needed UN reform and has brought about a wide and inclusive dialogue on the future of the Organization.
And, we know that any reform, any improved version of the UN will require a profound rethinking of the gender and women and girls’ rights architecture of the Organization. Our Common Agenda calls for: “undertake a review of the capacity of the United Nations system—staffing, resources, architecture—to deliver on gender equality as a core priority across all entities”. This review is currently ongoing , and will examine how the UN System is organised to deliver on gender equality and provide recommendations on how to uplift its operations and effectiveness as we accelerate pace for the implementation of SDG5 and the overall Agenda 2030.
Against this backdrop, the side event aims at contributing to the ongoing dialogue about the need to put gender equality and women’s rights at the center of the UN reform and the implementation of Our Common Agenda. This will of course beyond the needed retooling of the organization, its operations and priorities, through a gender sensitive system-wide architecture, but also to identify the key structural challenges in the agenda and priorities set up by member states as they address the three pillars of the UN mandate: peace and security, sustainable development and human rights and deliver on their commitments enshrined in the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Climate Agreement and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development.