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1 IASC WORKING GROUP Sub-Working Group on Gender and Humanitarian Assistance FINAL VERSION Background Paper MAINSTREAMING GENDER IN THE HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE TO EMERGENCIES

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One of the purposes of the UN is “promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for the fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion.” UN Charter During the 1998 humanitarian segment meeting of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the Agreed Conclusions requested the Emergency Relief Coordinator, in cooperation with the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), to ensure the integration of a gender perspective into all aspects of humanitarian policy. This builds on the concerns and commitment expressed during the follow-up to the Beijing Conference of 1995 when the Economic and Social Council in 1997 adopted a series of conclusions and recommendations on the mainstreaming of gender concerns into all policies and programmes of the United Nations system. In particular, it urged the combined system to adopt the conclusions and framework for action as proposed by the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) into all aspects of UN work and operational activities such as poverty eradication, human rights, humanitarian assistance, and peace and security

Year: 2010
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