The fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 9 to 20 March 2015. Representatives of Member States , UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world attend the session.
The main focus of the session will be on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, including current challenges that affect its implementation and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women. 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 the 23rd 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 opportunities for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women in the post-2015 development agenda.
The regional commissions of the United Nations will undertake regional reviews. Both the national and regional review processes will feed into the global review.
Organization of the session
The Commission's two-week session will include the following activities:
- Political Declaration
The Commission will adopt a political declaration on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women.
Click here for the draft presented on 20 January 2015.
- Future organization and methods of work of the Commission on the Status of Women
Click here for the draft presented on 26 January 2015.