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March 2015 will mark the 20th Anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing (Beijing+20). 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+20, taking place within the framework of the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York, tentatively scheduled for 9-20 March 2015.
The Commission will undertake a review of progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action 20 years after its adoption at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995. The review (Beijing+20) will also include the outcomes of the23rd special session of the General Assembly, the first five-year assessment conducted after the adoption of the Platform for Action, which highlighted further actions and initiatives.
The session will also address current challenges that affect the implementation of the Platform for Action, as well as opportunities for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women in the post-2015 development agenda.
The review will be conducted at national, regional and global levels. States are urged to undertake comprehensive national-level reviews of the progress made and challenges encountered in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcomes of the 23rd special session of the General Assembly.
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+20, various governments, UN entities, regional commissions and civil society organizations are taking initiatives to have preliminary discussions on Beijing+20, 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.
A panel discussion, co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Liechtenstein, the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination (LISD) of Princeton University and the PeaceWomen Project, discussed gender equality, women’s empowerment, and women’s role in post-conflict development at UN Headquarters on 31 July 2014.
From 10-21 March, CSW58 was held at UN Headquarters in New York. A number of side events and parallel events, convened by civil society organizations along with UN agencies and Member States, addressed a range of topics related to the post-2015 agenda. This article provides an overview of their main topics and conclusions.