CEB addressed the issue of mainstreaming cross-cutting issues into the work of its member organizations by developing concrete tools, instruments and processes with regard to gender mainstreaming, human rights and disaster risk reduction, in support of intergovernmental decisions calling for coordinated system-wide actions in those areas.

Gender equality and the empowerment of women

The entities of the United Nations system individually and collectively made significant progress towards mainstreaming gender equality and the empowerment of women into the normative and operational work of the United Nations. In response to Economic and Social Council agreed conclusions 1997/2, CEB endorsed in October 2006 the United Nations system policy on gender equality and the empowerment of women as a means to accelerate gender mainstreaming within the policies and programmes of the United Nations system.

Human rights

CEB addressed the issue of human rights at its fall 2011 session and, subsequently, took concrete steps to strengthen the integration of human rights into its work and that of its subsidiary bodies at its spring 2012 session. In addition to peace and security and economic and social progress, human rights is one of the three pillars and core areas of work of the Organization as enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations.