The issue of gender equality and gender mainstreaming was considered by all executive heads as an area in which insufficient progress had been made and further change was required. To that end, the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women presented the Board at its fall 2006 session with a proposed system-wide policy on gender equality and a strategy on gender mainstreaming.

CEB noted that commitment at the highest level and overall leadership and accountability were required to address gender equality and gender mainstreaming in the United Nations system. The evaluation of the system-wide action plan for the implementation of Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) on women, peace and security had validated the various analyses carried out among inter-agency bodies and had identified deficiencies that existed in those areas as a main obstacle to progress. CEB endorsed the policy on gender equality and the strategy on gender mainstreaming as a first step in a new effort to meet the challenges facing the system in that area.