When UN Women was established under resolution 64/289, the General Assembly mandated the additional role of leading, coordinating and promoting the accountability of the UN system for its work on gender equality and the empowerment of women (GEEW). Thus UN Women was established as a composite entity serving three sets of mandates: intergovernmental normative; operational and interagency coordination mandates.
UN Women coordination efforts support system, inter-agency, and country level collaboration to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women. These efforts aim to facilitate integration and working together as a UN family, to strengthen gender mainstreaming and accountability regarding implementation of commitments. The UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States (ROAS) and its Country Offices do this by working through regional and country level coordination mechanisms. Supporting activities include conducting research, capacity building on gender equality and women’s empowerment, and compiling and providing evidence, including good practices and lessons learned to inform intergovernmental debates and decisions.
As we approach the end of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), UN Women advocates at a global, regional and country level for a transformative agenda that will advance gender equality, women’s rights and women’s empowerment as part of the Post 2015 Development Agenda.
By working to promote and implement landmark agreements, such as the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the most progressive blueprint ever for advancing women’s rights, and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the UN Women in the Arab States champions women and girls at the regional and local levels, and supports inter-governmental bodies in the formulation of policies, global standards and norms that promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.
UN Women’s Regional Office in partnership with the League of Arab States and UN ESCWA, coordinated the regional Beijing +20 review process. The review culminated in the Arab declaration that reaffirms commitment to scaling up Beijing PoA and has a special mention of women in conflict and occupation, and combating violent extremism. These efforts build on the Cairo Declaration of 2014 that explicitly reaffirmed the states’ commitment to furthering the gender equality and empowerment of women agenda.