Editor’s note: ISACA board director Jo Stewart-Rattray is providing onsite updates from her participation in the UN Commission on the Status of Women, which is taking place from 12-23 March at UN headquarters in New York.
Negotiations on the second reading of the roadmap document ran long into the night late last week. In fact, I didn't get back to my hotel, which is a five-minute walk from the UN, until 2 a.m. Saturday. The second version was completed with additions and deletions marked, as the facilitator of the sessions has to take all views and offerings into consideration in the most neutral way possible.
The most interesting part of this is to witness the country alliances that form (sometimes highly unlikely pairings), and the issues that are most hotly debated (sometimes also very surprising). Defining commonly used terms to ensure that there is a common understanding across the 193 member-states is also an amazing and absolutely necessary part of the process.
Boring? No, not at all. Actually, it is fascinating to watch the country negotiators at work, most of whom are diplomats, and a few of whom are lawyers.
My role is to provide input into the negotiations by gathering relevant input from the civil society organization representatives who are not allowed into the negotiation rooms, but who stay close at hand in the hallways. These women have an extraordinary wealth of expert knowledge and range in age and background. I am indebted to those who remained in the hallways until after 1 a.m. Saturday just in case we needed their input. What support and dedication!
Discussions on the third and final reading of the document will commence on Tuesday morning when, I understand, the negotiations notch up somewhat.