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WP.6: Team of Specialists on Gender-Responsive Standards 2nd Annual Meeting

WP.6: Team of Specialists on Gender-Responsive Standards 2nd Annual Meeting

During the 3rd Annual Forum of WP.6 Subgroups

03 April (9:00) - 04 April (12:30) 2024
Palais des Nations H-207-208-209, virtual connection possible Geneva Switzerland

This meeting takes place during the WP.6 third annual Forum


The Team of Specialists on Gender-Responsive Standards was established in 2022, following the initiative of the same name which had begun in 2016. This Team aims at providing a practical way forward for standards bodies wishing to take a step towards gender equality through the standards they develop and their standards development process. WP.6 also seeks to provide a forum for interested parties to come together to collaboratively develop expertise and guidance which can be shared.

This hybrid meeting aims to showcase best practices in gender-responsive standards and the development of relevant gender action plans.


Day and location



Starting at

Wednesday, 3 April 2024

(Room H-207-209)


Launch of meeting, welcomes and approval of the agenda



Return on experiences

  • Caitlin Kraft-Buchman, Women at the Table [Bio]
  • Natalia Ortiz de Zarate, UNE Spain [Bio][PPT]
  • Michelle Parkouda, Standards Council Canada (SCC) [Bio][PPT]



Brainstorming on guidance for GRS-related Gender Action Plan



Brainstorming on other training / dissemination materials



Gender and Trade multi-lingual glossary




Break for lunch


Wednesday, 3 April

(Salle H-207-209)



GRS Conference banner 2024

See separate agenda

14:00 to 17:30

Wednesday, 3 April


Social dinner

Restaurant La Romana, Rue de Vermont 37, 1202 Genève

19:30 to 22:30

Thursday, 4 April

(Room H-313)


Administrative segment



Return on experiences

  • Leon G. Dossou, Benin Standards [Bio]
  • Kostanca Dedja, Albanian Standards [Bio][PPT]
  • Davit Tkemaladze, Georgian Standards [Bio]
  • Elena Mocchio, UNI Italy [PPT]
  • Lauren Russo, Standards Australia [Bio][PPT]
  • Gisèle Beleck, ANOR Cameroon [Bio][PPT]
  • Colette Wolimoum, Jeunes et Normalisation du Cameroun
  9 Plans for next meetings and future projects 11:30
    End of meeting and break for lunch 12:00

Nomination procedure

During the annual session of this group, members will be asked to appoint the chair and vice chair(s) for the coming period. These nominations are done on an annual basis, with no limit on the number of times an officer can be re-nominated. Each group shall have a chair and a vice chair (there can be a maximum of two vice chairs).

The procedures applied are described in document ECE/CTCS/WP.6/2023/12.


The nominated individual must be a member of the subgroup and the nominations must be received from another member from this or another subgroup of WP.6 (self-nominations are not accepted). A member can only submit one nomination. The nominations will be scrutinised by the WP.6 chair who may refer it through the secretariat to the member State Mission in Geneva to the United Nations. Following such examination, the nomination may be excluded from further consideration at the discretion of the WP.6 chair and/or the member State Mission in Geneva to the United Nations (based on the individual’s expertise, potential reputational risks to WP.6 or other considerations). The candidates’ profiles are then circulated by the secretariat at least one week prior to the meeting (either published on the website or sent by email to the subgroup’s members). If voting is necessary to appoint an officer of the subgroup, the secretariat will publish the procedure to be applied at least one week prior to the meeting.


Subgroup chairs are responsible for the meetings of the subgroup and presenting subgroup reports to the WP.6 annual session. This can be delegated by the chair to a vice chair or another member of the respective subgroup. The subgroup chair ensures the meetings are held in a professional, open and inclusive manner promoting transparency both internally and externally. The subgroup chair, with the assistance of the secretariat, ensures that all topics discussed within the subgroup are in line with the Programme of work and that deliberations are properly recorded.

One of the subgroup vice chairs may act as chair in case of absence of the latter. Subgroup vice chairs attend subgroup annual meetings, bureau meetings and relevant meetings. They carry out tasks assigned to them by the chair.

Subgroup bureau members should make every effort to attend their respective subgroup’s meetings, as well as the WP.6 annual session, preferably in person. All officers should give advance notice to the WP.6 chair and/or secretariat if they are unable to attend meetings. All officers are expected to participate in the work of WP.6 in a spirit of cooperation to effectively promote the work of the Working Party according to its mandate. The subgroup chair or the WP.6 chair should take up the matter of attendance at meetings or constructive participation if the need arises.

Nomination procedures:

If there is more than one candidate for any given position, or there is a request from a member State, the secretariat will prepare and publish a nomination procedure at least one week prior to the event.

Candidatures received:

Chair candidate: Ms Michelle Parkouda

Vice-Chair candidate: Ms Stephanie Eynon

Vice-Chair candidate: Ms Lucy Salt