OSCE Permanent Council No. 613
Draft EU Response to the OSCE Secretary General on the Annual Evaluation Report on the Implementation of the 2004 OSCE Action Plan for the Promotion of Gender Equality
- The European Union thanks the Secretary General for his report to the Permanent Council.
- The promotion of gender equality in the OSCE is of utmost importance to the EU. We are pleased that the OSCE has begun the implementation of its 2004 Action Plan for the Promotion of Gender Equality. The EU highly values the contributions by many parts of the organization, including the gender unit and the gender focal points, and praises the work done by those OSCE structures which have demonstrated commitment to meeting their obligations under the Action Plan. In particular the EU appreciates the efforts made by the training section.
It is important that all OSCE structures show clear and measurable efforts towards implementation. It is vital that senior management under the committed leadership of the Secretary General, Heads of Institutions and Missions show a particular commitment to the implementation of the Action Plan. Such demonstrated commitment will be read as an important performance indicator by the EU. Implementation is not just for the individual devoted staff member to achieve. We call on all staff at all levels to contribute to this effort.
- The EU applauds the efforts to develop projects and programs in the human dimension such as the promotion of women’s participation in political and public life. The EU looks forward to projects and programs with a similar thrust in the political-military dimension such as the proposed training modules for the CPC borders team. The EU puts special focus on including the promotion of women’s participation in conflict prevention, crisis management and post conflict rehabilitation, in line with the Ministerial Council Decision 14 of 2005. We regret that few undertakings have been undertaken in the economic dimension.
- We underline that all OSCE activities should be gender mainstreamed and look forward to the development of tools to this effect.
- We welcome the plans of the Department of Human Resources to evaluate the staff’s performance also on gender sensitivity and to incorporate this aspect in the recruitment process. Together with a focus on strategies for an increased recruitment of women into higher positions, this should constitute areas of priority for the department.
The EU fully supports the report's observation that the participating States have a responsibility to nominate more women to higher positions in the organization. We are conscious of our own shortcomings in this respect.
- The EU calls upon all participating States to ratify and fully comply with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and its optional protocol. Furthermore, we commend the efforts undertaken in the OSCE framework so far to seek synergies with other international and regional organizations in this regard and encourage further interaction as appropriate.
- In conclusion, the EU congratulates the Secretary General to the efforts undertaken. The Secretary General can count on the EU's support in his further endeavors. The EU hopes that the Secretary General and his staff will keep the Permanent Council apprised of significant achievements in the implementation of the Action Plan in the period before his next annual report.
The Acceding Countries Bulgaria and Romania, the Candidate Countries Turkey, Croatia1 and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, as well as Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova align themselves with this declaration.
1 Croatia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process