UNDP commitment to gender mainstreaming is in observance with international conventions and treaties in the global movement for gender equality: Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Gender equality is a development goal in its own right (MDG 3) and is critical as a means to achieve the other (MDGs).

The State of Kuwait has signed CEDAW on April 1994 with reservations on article 16 for conflicts with Islamic Law, and article 9 reservations on nationality act which determines the child nationality based on his father.

In respect of the Arab Region, though the 2005 Arab Human Development Report (AHDR) ‘Towards the Rise of Women in the Arab World’ demonstrates that overall Arab women are making important gains, they have yet to realize their full potential and continue to be denied equality of opportunity and choice in key social, economic and political areas, to varying extent affected by legislation and regulations, as well as customary law.

UN/UNDP cooperation aims to serve Kuwait national priorities through partnership with the government and the people of Kuwait following the direction decided by Kuwaitis. In this context, UNDP as an international organization capitalizes on its impartiality, neutrality, and global presence.

Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP) 2010-2014

In the CP document and ongoing CPAP preparations, under the Gender and Social development, and cross cutting to all other areas, the concepts of Gender disaggregated data, Gender Budgeting, gender equality and gender mainstreaming were incorporated.  National, regional and international consultants working on the CPAP also paid attention to these concepts in their reports covering cooperation with NGOs, Youth, Government, and Private Sector.