We are fully supportive of the plans to meet gender balance, and we are committed to give constructive input and proposals to achieve this.

One of the key areas we believe can help facilitate better gender balance in particular in peacekeeping operations is to adopt a more family friendly approach towards staff and their dependents.

Providing for equal parental leave and maternity leave as well as adopting flexible working arrangement such as working away from the mission for certain periods of time, using modern technologies at our disposal could help create conditions within peacekeeping missions that are more gender balanced and therefore attract a better gender balance in both recruitment and retention of staff.

In the same spirit we will also be putting forward ideas related to facilitating staff to look after their parents in time of need when they require care and attention when they have reached old age. Potentially doing so by being allowed to use some of your sick-leave entitlements towards this duty of care for ones parents.

We will be asking for feedback from our members to come up with more practical policies and measures to promote a healthier and happier workforce and promote gender balance through measured approaches that do not discriminate anyone.

Mark Polane

More than 25 Years working in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations all over the world have attributed to the creation of a multicultural, multifaceted, multi-skilled and creative problem solver, that finds technology solutions to address any challenge. Applying innovative approaches to improve the way things are done, never accepting the status quo. I love technology and am a pioneer and early adopter, finding ways to have technology make us do things better and help improve the world is my passion. My diverse life and work experiences have created an open-minded leader that is never afraid to try something new. I love to network and connect with like-minded people and consider myself to have great inter-personal skills. I am a strong communicator both verbal and written.