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Commission on the Status of Women 2016 (CSW60): A Quick Guide

CSW60(2016) Women’s Empowerment | Sustainable Development

The sixtieth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 14 to 24 March 2016. Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world will attend the session. For more information, see the CSW60 (2016) website  and the CSW60 brochure.

The Story of Resolution 1325 | Women, Peace and Security (Dur:3:12)

The first Security Council resolution on Women, Peace and Security was adopted as S/RES/1325 on 31 October 2000. This video tells the story of the resolution. 

CSW60 (2016) - Sessional Information

UN Official Documents on Women

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women documents

Other Conventions and International Instruments on Women

Major UN Conferences on Women

The United Nations has organized four major conferences on women: 

  • 1st, 1975: The World Conference of the International Women's Year was held in Mexico City on 19 June-2 July 1975.  The report is issued as document E/CONF.66/34.
  • 2nd, 1980: The World Conference of the United Nations Decade for Women: Equality, Development and Peace was held in Copenhagen on 14-30 July 1980. The report is issued as document A/CONF.94/35.
  • 3rd, 1985: The World Conference to Review and Appraise the Achievements of the United Nations Decade for Women: Equality, Development and Peace was held on 15-26 June 1985 in Nairobi. The report is issued as document A/CONF.116/28/Rev.1.
  • 4th, 1995: The World Conference on Women: Action for Equality, Development and Peace was held in Beijing on 4-15 Sept. 1995. The report is issued as document:  A/CONF.177/20/Rev.1.

Since the Beijing conference in 1995, the General Assembly and the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) have held several sessions to review the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

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Women in Photos

Women are returning with collected firewood to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UN Photo)

Women representatives at the San Francisco Conference- 1945 (UN Photo)

Sub-Commission on the Status of Women, ECOSOC Council – 1946 (UN Photo)

First Session of the Commission on the Status of Women of United Nations Economic and Social Council in 1947 (UN Photo)

Young Kenyan women decked in tribal dress on the opening day of the Women's Conference. 15 July 1995 (UN Photo)

Commemoration of International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women (UN Photo)

UN Peacekeepers and U.S. Army Provide Security at WFP Distribution Point (UN Photo)

Medal Parade for UNOCI Beninois Peacekeepers (UN Photo)

Mother and child from the Ziway Dugda woreda, Oromia Region in Ethiopia (UN Photo)

30th Anniversary Event for Women's Convention (UN PHOTO)

Voluntary Fund for Decade for Women Assists Green Belt Movement in Kenya (UN PHOTO)

World Conference of the International Women's Year Mexico City on 19 June 1975 (UN PHOTO)

Conference on United Nations Women's Decade Meets in Nairobi, 15 -27 July 1985 (UN PHOTO)

Commemoration of International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women (UN Photo)

Fifth Annual Women's Empowerment Principles Event (UN Photo)

About the Commission on the Status of Women

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

A functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), it was established by UN Economic and Social Council resolution 11(II) of 21 June 1946.  The CSW is instrumental in promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women.

In 1996, ECOSOC in resolution 1996/6 expanded the Commission’s mandate and decided that it should take a leading role in monitoring and reviewing progress and problems in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and in mainstreaming a gender perspective in UN activities.

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