United Nations Update on the Gender Equality Architecture Reform

September 2008: IMPORTANT UPDATE

On Monday, September 15th, at a final meeting of the 62nd session of the UN General Assembly, member states adopted by consensus a resolution that will officially move forward the gender architecture discussion into the next GA session. This means that states have agreed to take next steps toward strengthening the UN system in relation to gender equality and women’s empowerment. States also called for the Secretary General to provide a further, detailed modalities paper in respect to the options set out in the Deputy Secretary-General’s paper…focusing in particular on the ‘Composite Entity’ option with a view to facilitating substantive action by the General Assembly within the 63rd session. The Composite model (which was formerly called the hybrid or option D) is the one supported by the Gender Equality Architecture Reform (GEAR) Campaign as the most promising; it could potentially create a new women’s entity that, if developed as GEAR supporters have been advocating for, would have strong country presence, significant funding capacity, high level leadership and a strategic normative and policy making function.