The present Strategy for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (2018–2021) establishes the first institutional framework on gender equality for the United Nations Office at Vienna/United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNOV/UNODC). One of its aims is ensuring that United Nations standards to promote and achieve gender equality are met. It provides a systematic framework that sets institutional standards and defines commitments on gender equality and the empowerment of women for the period 2018–2021. The Strategy will assist the Offices in:
(a) Complying with the new United Nations System-wide Action Plan on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-SWAP 2.0) for the implementation of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination Policy on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, as well as the system-wide strategy on gender parity launched by the Secretary-General in September 2017;
(b) Providing structured support to Member States in implementing the United Nations commitments on gender mainstreaming into drug control and crime prevention activities, as set out in the Doha Declaration on Integrating Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice into the Wider United Nations Agenda to Address Social and Economic Challenges and to Promote the Rule of Law at the National and International Levels, and Public Participation, and the outcome document of the thirtieth special session of the General Assembly, entitled “Our joint commitment to effectively addressing and countering the world drug problem”;
(c) Systematically planning, as well as guiding, delivering and reporting on progress towards gender equality and the achievement of transformative genderrelated Sustainable Development Goals results.
In terms of scope, the Strategy covers UNODC and all organizational units of UNOV that are directly accountable to the Director-General, namely the Office for Outer Space Affairs of the Secretariat and the United Nations Information Service.
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