The United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) is an inter-agency programme of the United Nations mandated to promote and develop constructive relations between the United Nations and civil society organizations.
In the context of the 15th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) released a review in which it analyses its contributions, through its main partnerships, to achieving the commitments made in Beijing in 1995. As the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action do not stand alone in promoting greater gender equality, and have strong linkages with the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), held in Cairo in 1994, as well as with the Millennium Declaration and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), also these commitments are taken into account. It analyses “the intersections among the areas of concern, identifies increasing synergies among development partners and global initiatives, highlights examples of good practice, identifies challenges and suggests ways to address them.”
The review is based on the recognition that all human rights are interdependent and interrelated, including the rights of women and girls. This interdependency and interrelatedness can create barriers in the advancement and mainstreaming of gender equality, but also opportunities and positive synergies. The overarching recommendation of the report is therefore “to maximize all opportunities to promote multisectoral partnerships within the United Nations system and with national partners to respond to this interdependence and the interrelatedness of the human rights of women and girls.”
More specifically, it calls for the increased participation of women in politics; the balancing of productive and reproductive roles; the improved availability, quality and use gender statistics; regional capacity development; increased engagement with the international human rights system; and culturally sensitive approaches to reducing the implementation gap.
The review Beijing at Fifteen – UNFPA and Partners Charting the Way Forward is available online.