The UNESCO Group of Friends for Gender Equality met virtually on 29 October 2020. The meeting was co-chaired by Ambassador Unnur Orradóttir-Ramette, Permanent Delegate of Iceland, and Ms. Yara Al Ghafri, representing Dr. Samira Al Moosa, Ambassador, and Permanent Delegate of the Sultanate of Oman to UNESCO.
The meeting, organized in preparation of the 210th session of the Executive Board, hosted Ms Gabriela Ramos, Assistant Director General for Social and Human Sciences, Ms Danielle Cliche, Senior Executive Officer at the Division for Gender Equality as well as Ms Verena Knippel, Senior Gender Advisor at the Internal Oversight Service. Ms Knippel introduced the conclusions of the IOS joint audit and evaluation of the UNESCO Global Priority Gender Equality.
At the meeting, member states and UNESCO representatives discussed the Priority Gender Equality of the preliminary proposals concerning the draft C4/C5. The co-chairs highlighted the crucial role played by the Division of Gender Equality and the importance of supporting this global priority, particularly to attain the SDGs.