When he took office in January of this year, UN Secretary-General António Guterres pledged to reach gender parity across the global organization.
Mr Guterres took that commitment a step forward this week by launching a strategy to reach parity among senior leaders by 2021, and ultimately across the UN system in 2028.
Currently, there is a negative correlation between the representation of women and seniority in the UN as the proportion of women staff decreases as grade levels increase.
While women comprise more than 60 per cent of staff at lower levels, they make up just over 32 per cent of senior leaders, such as heads of departments.
Jordi Trujols has been speaking to the Secretary-General’s new Senior Adviser on Policy, Ana María Menéndez.