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Our journey towards a diverse and inclusive workforce

The launch of UNOPS new Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2022-2025 follows the organization's success in achieving gender parity last year.

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Aligned to the UNOPS Strategic Plan 2022-2025, this new commitment comes at a time when the organization is reiterating its commitment to help build a more inclusive world that leaves no one behind.

Our new gender, diversity and inclusion strategy builds on our success of reaching gender parity last year. It marks the next step in our journey to becoming a truly inclusive organization with a diverse workforce, in which everyone feels like they belong.

Grete Faremo - UNOPS Executive Director
The strategy has two separate yet mutually reinforcing objectives:

  • Identity groups are equitably represented among UNOPS personnel across all levels of the organization.

  • All UNOPS personnel feel included and that they belong.

“We understand greater inclusion and meaningful participation requires recognizing and acknowledging the benefits of diversity and removing any barriers that prevent people – and societies – from achieving their full potential,” said UNOPS Executive Director Grete Faremo.

For UNOPS, equitable representation brings value to all our people as well as the work we do with communities around the world. It must be rooted in a workforce that feels included and has a sense of belonging. As such, the strategy has been extensively informed by UNOPS personnel.

UNOPS Gender Parity Strategy 2018-2021 focused on four main areas for action – recruitment and outreach; mobility and retention; professional development; and inclusive leadership. The new strategy builds on these and adds a fifth area: standards of conduct. This includes preventing and addressing discrimination, harassment (including sexual harassment) and abuse of power, in order to safeguard an inclusive work environment.

“Our experiences over the past three years in achieving gender parity has clearly shown that when we put our hearts and minds into something in UNOPS, we can make remarkable progress towards achieving our ambitions,” Ms. Faremo said.

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