Best practices for the election of members to international and regional treaty bodies
In 2020, a UN Treaty Body Review process is scheduled, taking place in the same year as we commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action – the internationally agreed roadmap to gender equality. UN treaty bodies are at the heart of the international human rights framework and gender equality is grounded within this framework and international commitments. Yet the numbers of women participating in UN treaty bodies are abysmal. In this context, Women at the Table is delighted to release its Report ‘Best practices for the election of members to international and regional treaty bodies’ authored by Elizabeth Robertson, Kathlene Burke and James Anderson from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP.
The report analyzes country policies, regional treaty bodies, and private sector corporate governance to map how gender equality could be achieved and structurally improved within UN Treaty Bodies. The recommendations are feasible and functional, and have the benefit of being road tested either by international organizations, regional treaty bodies, countries or the private sector, with each recommendation having had lasting positive institutional impact. Centered around inclusion, disclosure and transparency within existing treaty body nomination and election processes, our aim is to help to correct for the visibility, quality of interaction and influence of half the world’s adult population – women.
We must act now – our institutions and international community must show leadership. We must turn words and commitment into definitive action and institutionalize gender equality - for which we have the methods, and now need the political will to do so – during the 2020 UN treaty bodies review process. We must leave no one behind.
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