Intergovernmental Processes

Intergovernmental support. Photo: UN Women/Faria Salman

The Forums

In intergovernmental forums at the United Nations, Member States, including Pakistan, come together to debate and seek agreement on global gender equality norms and standards to realize women’s human rights.

These commitments offer the basis for action by Governments and other stakeholders to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment at the global, regional and national levels. They provide impetus for adopting and enhancing laws, policies and programmes that bring about equality between women and men.

The main intergovernmental forum for addressing gender equality and the empowerment of women for the international community is the UN Commission on the Status of Women. The Commission is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. The Commission adopts multi-year work programmes to appraise progress and make further recommendations to accelerate the implementation of the Platform for Action. These recommendations take the form of negotiated ‘Agreed Conclusions’ on a priority theme.

How we will make a difference

UN Women will work with and support national and local stakeholders to ensure:

  1. Mechanisms are in place to assess and report on progress of the Government of Pakistan’s international commitments on gender equality and women’s empowerment
  2. Platforms and opportunities to engage in evidence-based dialogue in the context of intergovernmental processes and global policy discussions