Various regional initiatives are being undertaken, on the one hand by UN agencies and commissions, on the other hand by civil society at large. For example, all UN Regional Commissions, in cooperation with the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), have been sending a Beijing +15 questionnaire to their members to track their progress in implementing the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA). In addition, they are organizing regional reviews, that will feed into the global review in March 2010.
This page provides an overview of upcoming events, new reports, and other initiatives in the lead up to Beijing +15.
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Latin-America & the Caribbean
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UN European Commission for Europe (ECE)
The European Commission for Europe (ECE) will hold a Beijing +15 Review Meeting in Geneva on 2-3 November 2009. Focussing on “New challenges and opportunities for gender equality in the ECE region: key issues and policy responses,” the meeting aims to: • Take stock of the progress made in the region on gender equality and women’s empowerment, and address the major challenges ahead; • Discuss gender-sensitive economic policies, taking into account the impact of the financial crisis on the countries of the region; • Facilitate policy design and implementation based on successful experiences in engendering economic and labour market policies; • Promote partnerships to increase gender equality in the region; • Create a forum for discussing forward-looking action; • Contribute to the global 15-year review of implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action. As background to the meeting, ECE has released various reports, which are accessible online. For other information, click here.
The responses of UNECE members on the Beijing+15 questionnaire as well as comments and reactions by NGOs (where available) can be accessed online.
Civil Society Initiatives in Europe
NGO Committee on the Status of Women Geneva Prior to the ECE meeting, on 30-31 October, the NGO Working Group on Women’s Employment and Economics of Gender is organising an interactive roundtable in preparation for Beijing +15. This meeting will help review progress on gender-sensitive economic policies and practices in the context of the economic and financial crisis; gender and the corporate sector; and new partnerships, networks and alliances for gender equality. For the provisional agenda, and the registration form, click here. Deadline for registration is 12 October 2009.
Civil Society Initiatives in North-America
NGO Committee on the Status of Women, New York
On 23rd September, the NGO Committee on the Status of Women met at UN headquarters in New York to plan upcoming activities to celebrate Beijing +15. Many see this commemoration as an opportunity to raise their voices and to bring new attention to the challenges ahead in achieving the BPFA, and in particular women’s sexual and reproductive rights. The press article is available online.
2010 NGO Global Forum for Women: Beijing +15
On 27-28 February 2010, the NGO Committee on the Status of Women in New York will organize the NGO Global Forum for Women: Beijing +15 as part of preparations towards Beijing +15.
For an overview of the preliminary programme, click here.
UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
To access the country responses of ECA members on the Beijing +15 questionnaire, click here.
In Gambia, Women NGO’s, CSO and CBO are preparing for the Beijing +15 reviews where all the governments will discuss on the progress made for the implementation of the Platform for Action. Thus, the article stress the NGO’s to prepare a report for the Beijing +15 NGO report.
Source: Sillah Amie, (2009). “Gambia: Women NGOs Beijing + 15 Review Process”, published by All Africa.com, 11 September.
Latin-America and the Caribbean
UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
For government responses to the Beijing +15 questionnaire, click here.
In July 2010, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) will organize a regional conference in Brazil to discuss, among governments, the situation of women in the region and to commemorate the BPFA.
Asia and the Pacific
UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will hold a High-level Intergovernmental Meeting from 16-18 November 2009 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok to review the regional implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action. See for relevant documentation: http://www.unescap.org/ESID/GAD/Events/HLM-2009/index.asp.
NGOs which have ECOSOC Consultative Status, or are accredited with the Department of Public Information (DPI) or were accredited at the Fourth World Conference on Women, are invited to send representation to the High-Level Beijing+15 Regional Review meeting. For information on registration, click here. The registration deadline is 6 November 2009.
: The answers of ESCAP members on the Beijing +15 questionnaire are also available online.
Civil Society Initiatives in Asia and the Pacific
Asia-Pacific Women’s Watch
Asia Pacific Women’s Watch will organise the Asia Pacific NGO Forum Weaving Wisdom, Confronting Crises, Forging the Future on 22-24 October 2009. Activists, experts, academics, professionals, politicians, community workers, (grassroots) women and men, human rights defenders are expected to attend the event.
At the forum, the twelve critical areas of the BPFA, the CEDAW and some important human rights instruments will be the main topics of discussion. Further information is available online.
For information on various national consultations and initiatives within this region, click here.
More to Demand towards Beijing +15
This article, reports on the outcome of an Expert Meeting, organized by UN-ESCAP in March 2009 in preparation o Beijing +15. It argues that the BPFA has received insufficient international attention in comparison to, for example, the Millennium Development Goals. As such “the transformative agenda and the human rights discourse of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA) have been displaced by service delivery and economic effectiveness approaches”, the author notes. It also argues that, since Beijing +10, and due to climate change effects; a growing number of elderly people; (inter)national migration; and the world economic crisis, the situation of women has gotten worse. http://www.isiswomen.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1238:more-to-demand-towards-beijing-15&catid=22:movements-within&Itemid=229 Western Asia UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)
ESCWA held a training workshop (24-26 March 2009) with the ESCWA countries and in collaboration with the League of Arab States, General Secretariat, the Centre for Arab Women Training and Research, the Arab Women Organization and the General Secretariat on how to prepare a national report for Beijing +15.
From 19 October – 20 October 2009, ESCWA will also hold an Expert Group Meeting for the Review of the Progress Achieved in Implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in the Arab region: Beijing +15 in Beirut. Information in Arabic is available online.