The fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women took 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 attended the session.
The main focus of the session was 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 undertook 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) also included 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 also addressed opportunities for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women in the post-2015 development agenda.
The regional commissions of the United Nations undertook regional reviews. Both the national and regional review processes fed into the global review.
Organization of the session
The Commission's two-week session included the following activities:
- Political Declaration
On 9 March 2015, the Commission adopted a political declaration on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women.
Click here for the text (E/CN.6/2015/L.1).
- Future organization and methods of work of the Commission on the Status of Women
On 20 March 2015, the Commission adopted the draft resolution which will be submitted to ECOSOC for action in June.
Click here for the draft resolution (E/CN.6/2015/L.5).