Permanent Missions, UN personnel and members of the International Gender Champions initiative are kindly invited to the 2020 Enabling Environment Week, a series of webinars from 19 to 23 October 2020 to mark the one-year anniversary of the Enabling Environment Guidelines. This is a joint initiative of the Gender Focal Points and Focal Points of Women of the Vienna-based Organizations - CTBTO, IAEA, IOM - Regional Office Vienna, UNCITRAL, UNIDO, UNOOSA and UNOV/UNODC, with support of the International Gender Champions initiative.

The Enabling Environment Guidelines (EEGs) and their accompanying Supplementary Guidance for the United Nations System were developed in 2019 in response to the Secretary General's System-wide Strategy on Gender Parity. The EEGs provide UN system-wide guidance on recruitment, workplace flexibility, talent management, standards of conduct and family-friendly policies aimed at creating a more diverse, inclusive and respectful work environment - both as a precursor to achieving gender parity and a key to sustaining it.

Programme of the 2020 Enabling Environment Week of Vienna-based Organizations

  • 19 October 2020
  • 20 October 2020
  • 21 October 2020
  • 22 October 2020
  • 23 October 2020
  • Opening and closing

    10:00am - 10:45am CEST – Opening Session

    Katja Pehrman, Senior Advisor and Focal Point for Women in the UN System at UN Women, and Executive Heads of Vienna-based Organizations officially open Enabling Environment Week.

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    3:00pm - 4:30pm CEST - Recruitment

    Organized by UNOV/UNODC.

    This discussion will focus on gender parity plans, the role of unconscious bias in the recruitment process, and best practices for gender-responsive recruitment.


    • Thomas Abraham, HR Policy Specialist, IAEA 
    • Prof. Yvonne Benschop, Head of Department of Business Administration, Radboud University & Director of the multidisciplinary research hotspot Gender and Power in Politics and Management
    • Birgit Strobl, Senior HR Partner, UNOV/UNODC
    • Moderator: Ruth Sembajwe, Chief Learning and Organizational Development Unit, UNOV/UNODC

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  • Flexibility

    10:00am - 11:30am CEST – Workplace Flexibility

    Co-organized by UNIDO and IOM Regional Office Vienna

    This session will reflect on the experiences during the COVID-19 work-from-home period, address common myths about flexible working arrangements and discuss effective methods for their implementation in the context of the future of work. 


    • H.E. Ambassador Pirkko Hämäläinen, Permanent Representative of Finland to the United Nations in Vienna
    • Dr. Heejung Chung, Principal Investigator, Work Autonomy, Flexibility and Work-life balance projectUniversity of Kent
    • Juliane Drews, Change Adviser, UNAIDS
    • Michael Emery, Director of Human Resources, IOM 
    • Prof. Damian Grimshaw, Professor of Employment Studies and Associate Dean for Research Impact, King’s Business School
    • Moderator: Fatou Haidara, Managing Director, Directorate of Corporate Management and Operations, UNIDO

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  • Talent

    3:00pm - 4:30pm CEST - Talent Management

    Organized by IOM Regional Office Vienna

    This webinar will center on career development, mentoring and training programmes as means to prepare workforce for higher-level responsibilities, especially to support gender parity efforts at the management-level.


    • Sajid Ali, Associate Director, Division of Human Resources, UNICEF 
    • Gustavo Araujo, Chief of Talent Acquisition, OSCE
    • Michael Dahl, Chief of Human Resources, UNDP
    • Anke Strauss, Chief of Talent Management, IOM 
    • Moderator: Jennifer Rumbach, HR Business Partner, IOM

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  • Standards of Conduct

    10:00am - 11:30am CEST - Standards of Conduct

    Co-organized by CTBTO and IAEA

    This session will address ways to promote a respectful and safe working environment and foster a common culture based on inclusivity in the UN System.


    • Elena Gentili, Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Adviser, OPCW
    • Alessandro Maggi, Chief of Ethics, IAEA 
    • Stephane Magloire, Inclusivity training facilitator 
    • Shavonna Maxwell, Legal Officer, CTBTO
    • Moderator: Aaron Peacock, Chief of Talent Development, OSCE

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    3:00pm - 4:30pm CEST - In the field

    Organized by UNOV/UNODC

    This webinar will address the new Field-specific Enabling Environment Guidelines that are currently being finalized and how the topics of the EEGs can most effectively be implemented in a field setting. 


    • Nadia Aftab, UNIDO Country Representative in Pakistan
    • Katja Pehrman, Senior Advisor and Focal Point for Women in the UN System at UN Women
    • Amado Philip de Andres, Representative of the UNODC Regional Office for Eastern Africa
    • Gerhard Tripp, UN-GLOBE Coordinator for Vienna duty station and UNODC field offices
    • Moderator: Patrick Tiefenbacher, ED, Global Goals Consulting

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  • Family

    10:00am - 11:30am CEST - Family-friendly Policies 

    Organized by the International Gender Champions initiative

    In this webinar, International Gender Champions together with an academic representative lead a discussion on parental leave and other family-friendly policies which support diversity and an enabling environment. 


    • H.E. Ambassador Leigh Turner, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations in Vienna
    • Simonetta Di Pippo, Director, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs
    • Yasin Rofcanin, PhD, Professor of Organisational Psychology and Human Resource Management, University of Bath 
    • Moderator: Fleur Heyworth, Head of International Gender Champions Secretariat and Head of Gender and Inclusive Security, GCSP

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    3:00pm - 4:30pm CEST - Closing session

    This session will summarize the week’s insights and present an opportunity for Permanent Missions to make statements on the topic of enabling environment. 


    • H.E. Ambassador Barbara Žvokelj, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Slovenia to the United Nations in Vienna 

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    We kindly request Permanent Missions wishing to take the floor during this session to write an email to gender@iaea.org by close of business on 22 October 2020.


Please contact UNOV/UNODC's diversity coordinator (anna.pfeiffer@un.org) should you need any specific accommodation to facilitate your participation in the EEWeek webinars.

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Opening Session
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Workplace Flexibility
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In the Field
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Standards of Conduct
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Talent Management
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Family Friendly Policies
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Closing session