United Nations hails UNIDO’s progress on gender equality and the empowerment of women

United Nations hails UNIDO’s progress on gender equality and the empowerment of women

VIENNA, 22 October 2018 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has received two certificates of achievement for its work to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment under the UN System-wide Action Plan on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-SWAP). 

Starting in 2012, the UN-SWAP laid out a framework of performance standards on gender for all UN entities to meet in areas such as gender parity, resource allocation, strategic planning and programme review, among others. At the end of the first phase of implementation, UNIDO has been recognized both for performing best amongst technical entities in 2017, and as the entity demonstrating the most progress during the reporting period 2012-2017.

Hedda Öhlberger-Femundsenden, UNIDO Gender Coordinator, views the accolades as a reflection of the Organization’s acknowledgement that achieving its mandate on inclusive and sustainable industrial development will be impossible without also advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment in its work.

“We have seen strong commitment at all levels: our senior management, including the Director General as an International Gender Champion, demonstrated the will and leadership needed for engaging staff; the gender focal point network has been invaluable in mainstreaming gender throughout our activities; and all staff have participated in our events and training, making the effort to learn about and incorporate the links between gender equality and industrial development in their daily work.”

The second phase, UN-SWAP 2.0, will begin implementation this year. It updates the existing framework by incorporating refinements and lessons learnt from the first five years of implementation and will place a stronger focus on gender-related SDG results.

More info on the UN System-wide Action Plan on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, or UN-SWAP.