Written by Euronews
In a recent op-ed by the France 24, the editorial board criticized the sponsors of HEADS draft resolution from the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW). Their main concern was that the resolution would create “new boards, commissions, and taskforces,” that will “merely exacerbate the problem by creating bureaucratic bloat, and women’s voices will be lost in the process.”
Euronews editorial board believes that this is a short-sighted view on a complex problem. The HEADS resolution, which was also reviewed by this board, is impressive with its inclusion of both Western and Asian countries. The resolution calls out for sending researchers within the region to nations to collect data, which will be used to better inform policymakers on women’s rights issues.
It is an ambitious resolution that requires great coordination among different UN agencies, such as the UNESCO and UNHRC. That’s why the HEAD resolution calls for forming specialized bodies within the UN.
It is true that there are more than two hundred committees within the UN, which has led to bureaucratic backlog. The UN has even been accused by past Secretary-General such as Kofi Annan, that getting simple tasks done like ordering different types of paper can take months. While that sounds like a small problem, it’s consequential when the UN needs to act quickly on urgent humanitarian response.
However, the number of existing committees should not be an obstacle for potential, better committees. The UN is a world governing body. Of course, it has more than a hundred committees. The US Congress alone has more than a hundred!
France 24 completely ignored the substantive part of the resolution and instead just focused on the bureaucratic part. It’s a resolution dealing with promoting women’s rights worldwide. Of course it’s going to be bureaucratic.