In 2006-2007, UNICEF undertook a major evaluation of the implementation of its 1994 Policy on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. The evaluation found that the strategies advocated by the original policy remain sound, but that it required updating to respond to new programme priorities and to improve the priority and resourcing given to gender equality programming by the organization. The policy was revised through extensive consultation among UNICEF staff and partners, and establishes the basis for UNICEF programme cooperation with governments and other partners to promote equality between girls and boys. It defines the core standards of performance that are expected, and sets out the organizational mechanisms that will help bring about results over time. The policy addresses UNICEF’s contributions to the development and equal rights of girls and boys through its cooperation both in regular situations and through humanitarian preparedness, response and recovery. Furthermore, the policy addresses the responsibilities and expectations of UNICEF staff at all levels.