I consider the commitment to gender equality indispensable. Inclusion and diversity are integral to our mandate and role in promoting international peace and security. I strongly encourage my colleagues to follow suit in committing to adapting our working methods and organizational culture and to further strengthen our efforts in addressing gender as well as Women, Peace and Security commitments. Only then we can create the necessary conditions for lasting and sustainable change in our Organization and the world.
I will ensure that gender is mainstreamed in DPPA initiatives to help countries prevent or resolve conflict and build peace. I will also endeavor to meet with representatives of women's groups during country visits.
I pledge to allocate and monitor that between 17% and 30% of funds are dedicated to gender equality and women empowerment in all DPPA extra-budgetary projects.