On 13 December, the United Nations Information Service in Geneva (UNIS), the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS) and the NGO Liaison Unit of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) held the third edition of the “Joint NGO Briefing Series.” The December briefing was dedicated to the fifty-sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), to be held from 27 February – 9 March 2012 at UN headquarters in New York.
Christine Brautigam, Executive Secretary of the Commission on the Status of Women, explained the method of work of the Commission as well as the selection process behind the 56th session’s various themes. The priority theme for the 2012 session will focus on “The empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges.” The review theme is this year dedicated to “Financing for gender equality and the empowerment of women” and the emerging issue will address “Engaging young women and men, girls and boys, to advance gender equality.”
Eleanor Solo from the Civil Society Section of UN Women elaborated on how NGOs could contribute and engage in the 56th session. She explained the different procedures for written statements, oral statements and interactive panels.
Astrid Stuckenberger of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women presented an overview of events to be organized by the NGO Committee to mark the 56th session of CSW. For an overview of these events, as well as for a more detailed summary of the NGO Briefing provided by UNIS, click here.