The active participation of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) is a critical element in the work of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). NGOs have been influential in shaping the current global policy framework on women’s empowerment and gender equality: the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. They continue to play an important role in holding international and national leaders accountable for the commitments they made in the Platform for Action.
UN Women facilitates the participation of ECOSOC accredited NGOs in the sessions of the CSW. NGOs that are accredited to and in good standing with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) contribute to the annual sessions of the CSW.
Due to the continued implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, CSW66 official meetings are scheduled to take place in a hybrid format. All side events and parallel events will take place fully virtually. It is recommended that CSW stakeholders, including NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC, refrain from travelling to UNHQ in New York and utilize the online modalities available.