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Commission on the Status of Women 2018 (CSW62): A Quick Guide

Commission on the Status of Women 2018 (CSW62): A Quick Guide

The sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 12 to 23 March 2018.

Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world are welcome to attend the session.

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.

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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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. 

Selected Books and Reports

Resourceful Research Guides and Websites on Women and Gender

FAQs on Women and Gender

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