In several of its resolutions, the General Assembly has called for a 50/50 gender distribution in the composition of the staff of the United Nations system. So far, the Organization has failed to make this goal a reality. Despite efforts made to improve women's representation, much remains to be done to elevate the ratio and role of women within UNODC and UNOV.

The statistics received from the Human Resources Management Service show that, as of May 2009, the share of women staff members in the professional (P) category in UNODC and UNOV is 43 per cent. Women represent only 32 per cent of staff in the P category in UNOV and 48 per cent in UNODC. UNODC staff employed in the L category, where the percentage of women drops to 34 per cent, are not included in these figures.

The main problem remains the low representation of women in positions at the P-5 level and above, especially in UNODC. UNOV has a better percentage for P-5 and above but the data for staff at the P-2 to P-4 levels are disappointing.

Table 1

Proportion of men and women employed in the P category in UNOV and in the P and L categories in UNODC, as of May 2008.

Staff, by level and organization

Men (%)

Women (%)

UNOV

 

 

P-5 and above

59

41

P-2 to P-4

70

30

 

 

 

UNODC

 

 

P-5 and above

78

22

P-5 and above (including L)

77

23

P-2 to P-4

40

60

P-2 to P-4 (including L)

54

46

There has been a disappointing lack of progress in achieving gender balance among staff. Evidently, the measures taken and the mechanisms set up are not effective.

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