The institution of the Focal Point for Gender Concerns was first established in 1996. The Focal Point is responsible for promoting a supportive work environment and fostering the necessary changes in attitudes that lead to a climate conducive to the equal participation of men and women in the Agency. He/she monitors the progress made in the representation of women in Secretariat’s staff, as well as the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action within the Agency. The Focal Point for Gender Concerns is also responsible for addressing specific gender-related concerns raised by men and women, and for recommending policy changes where appropriate.
The Focal Point fulfils these tasks in close collaboration with the Alternate Focal Point for Gender Concerns and the Division of Human Resources.