Guiding Principles

These are the major documents, protocols, conventions, reference materials and resources which provide the basis for our work in promoting gender equality and mainstreaming women’s issues in the UN.

The Charter of the United Nations

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

CEDAW Optional Protocol

The 1951 Refugee Convention and the 1967 Protocol

World Conference on Human Rights Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action 

International Covenants on Civil and Political Rights

International Covenants on Economic Social and Cultural Rights

Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (2000) including Security Council Resolution 1820 (2008), Resolution 1888 (2009), Resolution 1889 (2009), Resolution 1960 (2010), Resolution 2106 (2013), Resolution 2122 (2013) and Resolution 2242 (2015).

Istanbul Convention (Council of Europe 2011)

Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

CRC Optional Protocols

Convention on Transnational Organized Crime and its Protocols

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Other useful sources of information on women’s rights issues:

Women’s Human Rights Documents Database

Women’s UN Report Network

World Bank Gender Group