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March 2010 will mark the 15th Anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing (Beijing +15). The UN General Assembly will review the progress made by Member States in implementing the goals of the BPFA, particularly the 12 critical issues outlined in the document, at regional and national levels.

Beijing +15, taking place within the framework of the 54th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, will also be an opportunity for grassroots women and NGOs to discuss and debate progress made thus far. Emphasis will be placed on the sharing of experiences and good practices, with a view to overcoming remaining obstacles and new challenges, including those related to the Millennium Development Goals.

In 1995, the United Nations convened the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, that sought to advance the position of women all over the world. The Conference, one of the largest ever organized by the UN, brought together more than 17,000 participants including 6,000 government delegates, more than 4,000 NGO representatives, 4,000 journalists and all UN entities. It also saw the unanimous adoption by all 189 UN Member States of the landmark Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA) which identifies a range of actions for governments, the United Nations and civil society groups to undertake regarding the advancement of women.

In the lead up to Beijing +15, various governments, UN entities, regional commissions and civil society organizations are taking initiatives to have preliminary discussions on Beijing +15; to analyze progress made in the implementation of the BPFA, and where possible, to develop joint statements and positions. This focus page aims to provide updated content and information on these initiatives.

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