|UN Women fully agrees with this recommendation.
UN Women agrees that effectively leveraging the UN system across key impact areas is crucial.
As part of its response to the growing demand for knowledge, evidence and gender expertise, UN-Women has played a catalytic role in supporting cutting-edge research across thematic areas, building partnerships and in developing innovative programming in response to findings. UN Women's contributions and expertise continue to be in high-demand also in the development of gender statistics and gender-responsive budgeting.
The Entity will promote development of joint initiatives and gender-sensitive analysis through both UN Women-led thematic coordination mechanisms across its priority impact areas, as well as others to which it will be able to contribute.
UN Women will host the Secretariat for the UN Secretary General High-level Panel on Women's Economic Empowerment, and support related research and analysis. The Entity will be active in several other senior level coordination mechanisms, and seek membership in other senior management groups, such as for example the Senior Action Group of the Human Rights up Front initiative and the Senior Advisors’ Meeting on Peace and Security.
Through the UN Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD) UN Women will contribute to gender mainstreaming in joint UN initiatives to implement the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
At the corporate level, UN Women will continue to enhance its role in the coordination of humanitarian action by developing its partnership with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), including through the development of joint pilot initiatives in the Central African Republic, Colombia, Nepal, South Sudan, and the State of Palestine.
UN Women will strengthen strategic partnerships with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) to further promote its coordination role in refugee humanitarian contexts and in DRR and resilience strategic planning.
Within the Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC), UN Women maintains its role as one of the Co-Chairs and the Secretariat of the Gender in Humanitarian Action Reference Group, which is the IASC’s global community of practice on GEWE in humanitarian action.
At the field level, UN Women will place greater emphasis on strengthening its engagement in humanitarian coordination and programming. UN Women has identified four core actions which are primarily focused on its coordination role: 1) Coordination and leadership – UN Women will provide technical capacity to ensure planning and implementation of humanitarian response integrates gender equality and women’s empowerment; 2) Capacity building – UN Women will support the capacity of national gender authorities, civil society organizations and other relevant local stakeholders to engage with, and contribute to, the planning and implementation of gender-integrated humanitarian action; 3) Evidence-based response – UN Women will support humanitarian coordinators to identify and address the response and recovery needs of crisis-affected populations by undertaking gender-focused assessments; 4) Targeted programming – Where programming gaps are identified, UN Women will respond operationally, providing crisis-affected women with the protection, empowerment and livelihood services they need.
UN Women will roll out two flagship programme initiatives to achieve transformative results through gender equality and women’s empowerment in humanitarian action. These are high-impact scalable initiatives focused on “Women’s Leadership, Empowerment, Access and Protection (LEAP) in Crisis Response” and “Addressing the Gender Inequality of Risk and Promoting Community Resilience to Natural Hazards in a Changing Climate”.
UN Women will continue to advocate for membership to the IASC, the primary mechanism for inter-agency coordination of humanitarian assistance. UN Women will continue to advocate for accountability for gender equality in the processes, following the World Humanitarian Summit, and as the co-chair of the IASC Gender Reference Group.
UN Women will also continue to advocate for sex and age disaggregated data to allow for systematic analysis of the extent to which humanitarian assistance responds equally to the needs of women and men and leads to gender-related outcomes.