Media advisory: Curtain-raiser press conference as 59th Commission on the Status of Women meets to assess global progress for women 20 years after Beijing Conference
Date: Thursday, March 5, 2015
Oisika Chakrabarti, Ph: +1 646 781-4522; Email: oisika.chakrabarti[at]unwomen.org
Sharon Grobeisen, Ph: +1 646 781-4753; Email: sharon.grobeisen[at]unwomen.org
WHAT: On the occasion of the global review of progress made since the Fourth World Conference on Beijing in 1995 and ahead of International Women’s Day, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will brief members of the press on the upcoming 59th Commission on the Status of Women (9-20 March) and the Secretary-General’s summary report to be presented on the opening day of the session. The report presents the global review of progress on women’s empowerment, women’s rights and gender equality based on the unprecedented participation of 166 countries and inputs from civil society. It highlights the achievements made, but also concludes that progress overall has been far too slow. At the press conference, the Executive Director will also unveil a government-focused advocacy initiative PLANET 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality! urging concrete national actions and commitments.
WHO: Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director
WHEN: Friday, 6 March, 11 a.m.
WHERE: Room S-0237, UN Secretariat
[The press conference will be live webcast at www.unwomen.org]
The SG’s report can be accessed at: https://www.unwomen.org/en/digital-library/publications/2015/02/beijing-synthesis-report
For press covering the press conference, UN press accreditation is required. More information at: https://www.un.org/en/media/accreditation/index.shtml
At the Fourth World Conference on women in Beijing twenty years ago, 189 world leaders adopted a concrete road map for gender equality and women’s empowerment. The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the outcome of this conference, was an extraordinary achievement, and is still considered one of the most comprehensive blueprint for advancing women’s rights.
This year, the 59th Commission on the Status of Women occurs at a critical juncture — on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and ahead of the upcoming adoption of a post-2015 framework at the UN General Assembly in September. The Commission will take stock of the achievements and gaps 20 years after Beijing and review where women of the world stand today. Every year, world leaders and civil society organizations gather for this high-level conference. Setting a new record, more than 1,100 NGOs and a total of 8,600 representatives have registered to participate in this year’s session. About 200 side-events hosted by governments and UN agencies are planned alongside the official meetings of the Commission, with an additional 450 parallel events by civil society.
- Media Advisory on UN Women at CSW: https://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2015/02/as-the-beijing-declaration-turns-20
- Media Advisory on International Women’s Day march: https://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2015/3/iwd-march-for-gender-equality-and-womens-rights
- CSW official events: https://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw59-2015/official-meetings
- Editorial In-Focus CSW59: https://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/csw
- Entire list of official side events: https://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw59-2015/side-events/calendar-of-side-events
- NGO-organized parallel events: http://www.ngocsw.org/
- Official documentation: https://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw59-2015/official-documents
- Social Media: Follow @UN_CSW and @UN_Women on Twitter for the latest updates and stories, using the hashtags #CSW59, #IWD2015 and #Beijing20.
- CSW webcast of UN Women side events: https://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/csw/webcasts
- Gender-related news and resources from the UN: https://www.un.org/womenwatch/
- Beijing+20 website: https://beijing20.unwomen.org/en