Improvement of the status of women in the Secretariat, G.A. res. 51/67, 51 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 49) at 197, U.N. Doc. A/51/49 (Vol. I) (1996).

      The General Assembly,
      Recalling Articles 1 and 101 of the Charter of the United Nations, as
well as Article 8, which provides that the United Nations shall place no
restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any
capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary
      Recalling also its resolutions 45/125 of 14 December 1990 and 45/239 C
of 21 December 1990, as well as the relevant paragraphs of the Beijing
Declaration and the Platform for Action adopted by the Fourth World Conference
on Women on 15 September 1995,
      Concerned at the serious and continuing underrepresentation of women in
the Secretariat, particularly at the D-1 level and above, where the numbers of
women remain unacceptably low,
      1.    Welcomes the report of the Secretary-General;
      2.    Also welcomes the achievement of the goal of 35 per cent overall
participation rate of women in posts subject to geographical distribution;
      3.    Reaffirms the goal of 50/50 gender distribution by the year 2000,
and expresses its concern that this goal may not be met, especially at policy-
making and decision-making levels (D-1 and above);
      4.    Calls upon the Secretary-General to ensure full and urgent
implementation of the strategic plan of action for the improvement of the
status of women in the Secretariat (1995-2000) in order to achieve the goal
contained in the Platform for Action adopted by the Fourth World Conference on
Women for overall gender equality, particularly at the Professional level and
above, by the year 2000;
      5.    Requests the Secretary-General to ensure that individual managers
are held accountable for implementing the strategic plan within their areas of
      6.    Also requests the Secretary-General to continue his work to create
a gender-sensitive work environment, including through training and
implementation of all appropriate administrative procedures, in particular the
special measures outlined in his report, and through further development of a
policy on sexual harassment;
      7.    Further requests the Secretary-General to enable the Focal Point
for Women within the Secretariat effectively to monitor and facilitate
progress in the implementation of the strategic plan;
      8.    Strongly encourages Member States to support the strategic plan
and the efforts of the United Nations and the specialized agencies to increase
the percentage of women in Professional posts, especially at the D-1 level and
above, by identifying and regularly submitting more women candidates and by
encouraging women to apply for posts within the Secretariat, the specialized
agencies and the regional commissions;
      9.    Urges the Secretary-General to increase the number of women
employed in the Secretariat from developing countries, including at the D-1
level and above, particularly those that are unrepresented or underrepresented
and from countries that have a low representation of women, including
countries with economies in transition;
      10.   Requests the Secretary-General to report on progress made on the
status of women in the Secretariat to the Commission on the Status of Women at
its forty-first session and to the General Assembly at its fifty-second



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