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Since its creation 70 years ago, the UN has achieved important results in advancing gender equality, from the establishment of the Commission on the Status of Women - the main global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women - through the adoption of various landmark agreements such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

On the occasion of the General Debate of the 66th Session of the General Assembly held in September 2011, United Nations Secretary-General BAN KI-MOON highlighted in his Report “We the Peoples”, the crucial role of gender equality as driver of development progress, recognizing that the potential of women had not been fully realized, owing to, inter alia, persistent social, economic and political inequalities.

Gender inequalities are still deep-rooted in every society. Women suffer from lack of access to decent work and face occupational segregation and gender wage gaps. In many situations, they are denied access to basic education and health care and are victims of violence and discrimination. They are under-represented in political and economic decision-making processes.

With the aim of better addressing these challenges and to identify a single recognized driver to lead and coordinate UN activities on gender equality issues, UN Women was established in 2010.

UN Women works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls, empowerment of women, and achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

The vital role of women and the need for their full and equal participation and leadership in all areas of sustainable development was reaffirmed in the Future We Want (paragraph 236-244), as well as in the Open Working Group Proposal for Sustainable Development Goals. Open Working Group Proposal for Sustainable Development Goals. The proposed Sustainable Development Goal 5 addresses this and reads "Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls".

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Statement by the UN Working Group on the Issue of Discrimination against Women in Law and in Practice on the Post-2015… Additional Resources 31-Mar-2014
2017 HLFP Thematic Review of SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls Background Notes 26-Apr-2017
Concept Note: Gender Equality in Science, Technology and Innovation: Driving Sustainable Future, 09 March… Concept Notes 18-May-2020
IATT Gender Brochure Other documents 26-Apr-2019
Brochure 2 on Gender & Science, Technology and Innovation Initiatives Other documents 18-May-2020
HLPF 2017 Thematic Paper: Women Other documents 8-Jun-2017
68th World Health Assembly - Women and health: Beijing Declaration +20 Other documents 9-Jun-2015
E/ESCWA/ECW/2015/IG.1/4(Part II) - International issues The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: A new… Other documents 7-Oct-2015
Information note - Symposium on Women and Water Security for Peacebuilding in the Arab Region Other documents 22-Mar-2018
Concept Note on the High-level Forum on Women's Health and Devlopment Other documents 10-Feb-2015
List of participants - Symposium on Women and Water Security for Peacebuilding in the Arab Region Other documents 24-Apr-2018
Addis Ababa Action Plan on Transformative Financing for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Outcome Documents 24-Aug-2015
Outcome Document - Introduction to the Proposal of the Open Working Group for Sustainable Development Goals Outcome Documents 19-Jul-2014
UN-hosted Forum opens in New York, seeks to identify aims on women’s health for post-2015 Press releases 17-Feb-2015
G7 leaders highlight women’s empowerment as a top priority Press releases 9-Jun-2015
Women's health issues require increased global attention (UN Radio) Press releases 17-Feb-2015
Invitation to UN Women for Peace Association Meeting Programme 5-Oct-2015
Agenda - Symposium on Women and Water Security for Peacebuilding in the Arab Region Programme 24-Apr-2018
Philippines Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW (Annexes) Reports 15-Mar-2017
Egypt Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW (Arabic) Reports 15-Mar-2017
Iran Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW (Annexes) Reports 15-Mar-2017
Argentina Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Togo Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Netherlands Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
China Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW (ANNEX) Reports 15-Mar-2017
Georgia Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Singapore Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Madagascar Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Bolivia Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Turkey Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 16-Mar-2017
Portugal Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Egypt Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW (English) Reports 15-Mar-2017
Italy Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Argentina Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW - statistics Reports 15-Mar-2017
Uganda Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 16-Mar-2017
Nigeria Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Colombia Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Germany Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Slovenia Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Malaysia Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Botswana Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Qatar Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
El Salvador Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Japan Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Azerbaijan Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Uruguay Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 16-Mar-2017
Norway Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Costa Rica Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Guatemala Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Sweden Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Mexico Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Brazil Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Congo Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Estonia Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Jordan Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Belarus Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Venezuela Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 16-Mar-2017
Panama Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Cyprus Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Guatemala Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW (Annexes) Reports 15-Mar-2017
Switzerland Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Monaco Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Chile Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Republic of Korea Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Ethiopia Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Jordan Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW (Annexes) Reports 15-Mar-2017
Belgium Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59 CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Zimbabwe Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 16-Mar-2017
Peru Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Czech Republic Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
India Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Tajikistan Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Morocco Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
China Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW (English) Reports 15-Mar-2017
Samoa Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Finland Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Kenya Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Belgium Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59 CSW Annexes Reports 15-Mar-2017
Bahrain Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW (English) Reports 16-Mar-2017
Philippines Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Denmark Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Iran Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Afghanistan Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Thailand Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Nepal Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
China Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW (Chinese) Reports 15-Mar-2017
Sierra Leone Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
France Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Luxembourg Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Benin Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW Reports 15-Mar-2017
Bahrain Beijing+20 national report submitted at the 59th CSW (Arabic) Reports 16-Mar-2017
E /CN.6/2015/L.1 - Political declaration on the occasion of 20th anniversary of the 4th World Conference on Women Resolutions and decisions 5-Mar-2015
A/70/472/Add.1 - Implementation of Agenda 21, the Programme for the Further Implementation of Agenda 21 and the… Resolutions and decisions 23-Dec-2015
E/CN.6/2017/9 - Input to the work of the Economic and Social Council and the high-level political forum on sustainable… Resolutions and decisions 8-Dec-2016
A/RES/69/313- Addis Ababa Action Agenda of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (Addis… Resolutions and decisions 15-Jul-2015
E/CN.6/2015/3 - Review and appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and… Secretary-General Reports 15-Dec-2014
A/70/202 - United Nations Office for Partnerships Secretary-General Reports 18-Aug-2015
TST Issues Brief: Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Technical Support Team (TST) Issues Briefs 6-Nov-2013
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Major Group: Indigenous Peoples Co-chairs' meetings with Major Groups 5-Feb-2014
Major Group: Women, Children & Youth, and Workers & Trade Co-chairs' meetings with Major Groups 16-Jun-2014
Plan International Co-chairs' meetings with Major Groups 7-Feb-2014
Child Fund, Plan, UNICEF, SOS Children's Village, Save the Children, World Vision Co-chairs' meetings with Major Groups 23-Jun-2014
Cyprus, Singapore and United Arab Emirates Debate on Gender equality and women’s empowerment, Education, Employment and decent work for all, Health and population dynamics 1-Apr-2014
Australia, The Netherlands and United Kingdom Debate on Gender equality and women’s empowerment, Education, Employment and decent work for all, Health and population dynamics 1-Apr-2014
Bhutan, Thailand and Viet Nam Debate on Gender equality and women’s empowerment, Education, Employment and decent work for all, Health and population dynamics 1-Apr-2014
Latvia Debate on Gender equality and women’s empowerment, Education, Employment and decent work for all, Health and population dynamics 1-Apr-2014
Brazil and Nicaragua Debate on Gender equality and women’s empowerment, Education, Employment and decent work for all, Health and population dynamics 2-Apr-2014
China, Indonesia and Kazakhstan Debate on Gender equality and women’s empowerment, Education, Employment and decent work for all, Health and population dynamics 1-Apr-2014
Cyprus, Singapore and United Arab Emirates Debate on Gender equality and women’s empowerment, Education, Employment and decent work for all, Health and population dynamics 1-Apr-2014
Iran Debate on Gender equality and women’s empowerment, Education, Employment and decent work for all, Health and population dynamics 1-Apr-2014
Maldives Debate on Gender equality and women’s empowerment, Education, Employment and decent work for all, Health and population dynamics 1-Apr-2014
Japan Debate on Gender equality and women’s empowerment, Education, Employment and decent work for all, Health and population dynamics 1-Apr-2014
Bulgaria and Croatia Debate on Gender equality and women’s empowerment, Education, Employment and decent work for all, Health and population dynamics 1-Apr-2014
Argentina, Bolivia and Ecuador Debate on Gender equality and women’s empowerment, Education, Employment and decent work for all, Health and population dynamics 1-Apr-2014
France, Germany and Switzerland Debate on Gender equality and women’s empowerment, Education, Employment and decent work for all, Health and population dynamics 1-Apr-2014
Colombia and Guatemala Debate on Gender equality and women’s empowerment, Education, Employment and decent work for all, Health and population dynamics 1-Apr-2014
Jordan Debate on Gender equality and women’s empowerment, Education, Employment and decent work for all, Health and population dynamics 1-Apr-2014
India Debate on Gender equality and women’s empowerment, Education, Employment and decent work for all, Health and population dynamics 1-Apr-2014
Belarus Debate on Gender equality and women’s empowerment, Education, Employment and decent work for all, Health and population dynamics 2-Apr-2014
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Debate on Gender equality and women’s empowerment, Education, Employment and decent work for all, Health and population dynamics 1-Apr-2014
Ethiopia Debate on Gender equality and women’s empowerment, Education, Employment and decent work for all, Health and population dynamics 1-Apr-2014
Finland Debate on Gender equality and women’s empowerment, Education, Employment and decent work for all, Health and population dynamics 1-Apr-2014
Poland and Romania Debate on Gender equality and women’s empowerment, Education, Employment and decent work for all, Health and population dynamics 1-Apr-2014
Italy, Spain and Turkey Debate on Gender equality and women’s empowerment, Education, Employment and decent work for all, Health and population dynamics 1-Apr-2014
Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Debate on Gender equality and women’s empowerment, Education, Employment and decent work for all, Health and population dynamics 1-Apr-2014
Denmark, Ireland and Norway Debate on Gender equality and women’s empowerment, Education, Employment and decent work for all, Health and population dynamics 1-Apr-2014
Peru and Mexico Debate on Gender equality and women’s empowerment, Education, Employment and decent work for all, Health and population dynamics 1-Apr-2014
Montenegro and Slovenia Debate on Gender equality and women’s empowerment, Education, Employment and decent work for all, Health and population dynamics 1-Apr-2014
Sweden Debate on Gender equality and women’s empowerment, Education, Employment and decent work for all, Health and population dynamics 1-Apr-2014
Sri Lanka Debate on Gender equality and women’s empowerment, Education, Employment and decent work for all, Health and population dynamics 1-Apr-2014
Greece Debate on Gender equality and women’s empowerment, Education, Employment and decent work for all, Health and population dynamics 1-Apr-2014
Canada, Israel and United States of America Debate on Gender equality and women’s empowerment, Education, Employment and decent work for all, Health and population dynamics 1-Apr-2014
Malta Debate on Gender equality and women’s empowerment, Education, Employment and decent work for all, Health and population dynamics 1-Apr-2014
Major Groups: Women, NGOs and Workers and Trade Dialogue with Major Groups 6-May-2014
Presentation on Major Groups’ Recommendations on Gender Equality Dialogue with Major Groups 6-May-2014
Cyprus, Singapore and United Arab Emirates Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Water and sanitation 6-May-2014
Austria Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Water and sanitation 6-May-2014
Poland Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Water and sanitation 6-May-2014
Romania Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Water and sanitation 6-May-2014
Bhutan, Thailand and Viet Nam Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Water and sanitation 6-May-2014
China, Indonesia and Kazakhstan Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Water and sanitation 6-May-2014
Tunisia Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Water and sanitation 6-May-2014
Qatar Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Water and sanitation 6-May-2014
Sweden Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Water and sanitation 6-May-2014
Finland Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Water and sanitation 6-May-2014
Egypt Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Water and sanitation 7-May-2014
Montenegro and Slovenia Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Water and sanitation 6-May-2014
Bangladesh Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Water and sanitation 6-May-2014
Holy See Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Water and sanitation 6-May-2014
Australia, The Netherlands and United Kingdom Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Water and sanitation 6-May-2014
Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Water and sanitation 6-May-2014
Peru and Mexico Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Water and sanitation 6-May-2014
Group of 77 and China Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Water and sanitation 6-May-2014
Southern Africa Region Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Water and sanitation 6-May-2014
Latvia Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Water and sanitation 6-May-2014
Iceland, Liechtenstein and New Zealand Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Water and sanitation 6-May-2014
Portugal Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Water and sanitation 6-May-2014
Iran Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Water and sanitation 6-May-2014
France, Germany and Switzerland Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Water and sanitation 6-May-2014
Ethiopia Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Water and sanitation 6-May-2014
Bulgaria and Croatia Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Water and sanitation 6-May-2014
Greece Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Water and sanitation 6-May-2014
Malta Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Water and sanitation 6-May-2014
Brazil and Nicaragua Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Water and sanitation 6-May-2014
Uganda Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Water and sanitation 6-May-2014
India Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Water and sanitation 6-May-2014
Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS) Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Water and sanitation 6-May-2014
Maldives Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Water and sanitation 6-May-2014
Italy, Spain and Turkey Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Water and sanitation 6-May-2014
Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Water and sanitation 6-May-2014
Denmark, Ireland and Norway Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Water and sanitation 6-May-2014
Ethiopia Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Water and sanitation 6-May-2014
Maldives Interactive Dialogue 2: Tacking inequalities, empowering women and girls and leaving no one behind 25-Sep-2015
Guatemala Interactive Dialogue 2: Tacking inequalities, empowering women and girls and leaving no one behind 25-Sep-2015
Colombia Interactive Dialogue 2: Tacking inequalities, empowering women and girls and leaving no one behind 25-Sep-2015
Lesotho Interactive Dialogue 2: Tacking inequalities, empowering women and girls and leaving no one behind 25-Sep-2015
Mexico Interactive Dialogue 2: Tacking inequalities, empowering women and girls and leaving no one behind 25-Sep-2015
Israel Interactive Dialogue 2: Tacking inequalities, empowering women and girls and leaving no one behind 25-Sep-2015
Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie Interactive Dialogue 2: Tacking inequalities, empowering women and girls and leaving no one behind 25-Sep-2015
Bahrain Interactive Dialogue 2: Tacking inequalities, empowering women and girls and leaving no one behind 25-Sep-2015
Qatar Interactive Dialogue 2: Tacking inequalities, empowering women and girls and leaving no one behind 25-Sep-2015
High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Interactive Dialogue 2: Tacking inequalities, empowering women and girls and leaving no one behind 25-Sep-2015
International Organization for Migration Interactive Dialogue 2: Tacking inequalities, empowering women and girls and leaving no one behind 25-Sep-2015
International Disability Alliance Interactive Dialogue 2: Tacking inequalities, empowering women and girls and leaving no one behind 25-Sep-2015
Commonwealth Secretariat Interactive Dialogue 2: Tacking inequalities, empowering women and girls and leaving no one behind 25-Sep-2015
Major Group: Women, Children and Youth, Local Authorities, and NGOs Major Groups Major Groups 2-Apr-2014
Stakeholder Group on Ageing Major Groups 2-Apr-2014
Belarus and Serbia Oceans and seas, forests, biodiversity 3-Feb-2014
Mr. Zafar Adeel, Professor of Professional Practice, Pacific Water Research Center, Simon… Opening Session 9-May-2018
Ms. Roula Majdalani, Director, Sustainable Development Policies Division, ESCWA Opening Session 9-May-2018
Uruguay Poverty eradication; Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 5-May-2014
Fomento de la igualdad Promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women’s empowerment 5-Feb-2014
Malta Promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women’s empowerment 6-Feb-2014
Nepal Promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women’s empowerment 6-Feb-2014
Poland and Romania Promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women’s empowerment 5-Feb-2014
Cyprus, Singapore and United Arab Emirates Promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women’s empowerment 5-Feb-2014
Australia, The Netherlands and United Kingdom Promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women’s empowerment 5-Feb-2014
Indonesia Promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women’s empowerment 5-Feb-2014
Canada, Israel and United States of America Promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women’s empowerment 5-Feb-2014
Japan Promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women’s empowerment 6-Feb-2014
Zambia Promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women’s empowerment 5-Feb-2014
France, Germany and Switzerland Promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women’s empowerment 6-Feb-2014
Argentina on behalf of 50 countries Promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women’s empowerment 6-Feb-2014
Denmark, Norway and Ireland Promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women’s empowerment 5-Feb-2014
India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka Promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women’s empowerment 5-Feb-2014
Argentina, Bolivia and Ecuador Promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women’s empowerment 5-Feb-2014
Bangladesh Promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women’s empowerment 6-Feb-2014
Egypt Promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women’s empowerment 5-Feb-2014
UN Women Promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women’s empowerment 5-Feb-2014
Rwanda Promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women’s empowerment 6-Feb-2014
Ethiopia Promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women’s empowerment 6-Feb-2014
Republic of Korea Promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women’s empowerment 6-Feb-2014
European Union Promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women’s empowerment 5-Feb-2014
International Trade Centre (ITC) Promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women’s empowerment 5-Feb-2014
Bulgaria and Croatia Promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women’s empowerment 5-Feb-2014
Maldives Promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women’s empowerment 6-Feb-2014
Montenegro and Slovenia Promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women’s empowerment 5-Feb-2014
Italy, Spain and Turkey Promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women’s empowerment 5-Feb-2014
China, Indonesia and Kazakhstan Promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women’s empowerment 6-Feb-2014
Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS) Promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women’s empowerment 6-Feb-2014
Sweden Promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women’s empowerment 5-Feb-2014
Ms. Ghada Alamily, General Director, Almada Group for Media, Culture and Arts, Iraq Session 1 9-May-2018
Ms. Nedjma Koval Saifi, Founding Partner and CEO, Integrated International, Jordan Session 2 9-May-2018
Ms. Nohal Al Homsi, Environmental Health Officer, World Health Organization (WHO),… Session 2 9-May-2018
Mr. Osman Hussein Abubaker, General Director, Almassar Organization, Sudan Session 2 9-May-2018
Ms. Karen Assaf, Arab Scientific Institute for Research and Transfer of Technology, State of… Session 2 9-May-2018
Ms. Maria Saldarriaga, Assistant Professor and Chair, Department of Mathematics and… Session 3 9-May-2018
Ms. Soumaya Ibrahim, Independent Consultant on Gender and Development, Egypt Session 3 9-May-2018
Ms. Suheir Raies, Head, Syria Coast Society for Environment Protection, Syrian Arab… Session 3 9-May-2018
1. Experiences of two Syrian women WASH volunteers in informal settlements in the… Session 4 9-May-2018
2. Experiences of two Syrian women WASH volunteers in informal settlements in the… Session 4 9-May-2018
Ms. Diala Ktaiche, WASH Officer, Public Health Promotion, United Nations Children’s Fund… Session 4 9-May-2018
Ms. Diala Ktaiche, WASH Officer, Public Health Promotion, United Nations Children’s… Session 4 9-May-2018
Ms. Natasha Carmi, Water Advisor, Geneva Water Hub, Switzerland; formerly with the… Session 5 9-May-2018
Mr. François Münger, Director, Geneva Water Hub, Switzerland Session 5 9-May-2018
Ms. Mona Fakih, Director, Water Resources, General Directorate of Hydraulic and… Session 5 9-May-2018
Ms. Mervat Kamal Batarseh, Head of Environmental Education Section, Royal Society… Session 6 10-May-2018
Mr. Zafar Adeel, Professor of Professional Practice, Pacific Water Research Center,… Session 7 10-May-2018

Milestones

  • January 2015 Beijing+20
    Beijing +20 is committed to renew political will and commitment, revitalize public debate through social mobilization and awareness-raising, strengthen evidence-based knowledge as well as enhance resources to achieve gender equality and women empowerment.
  • January 2015 SDG 5
    Goal 5 aims at achieving gender equality and empower all women and girls. Its targets include end of all forms of discrimination and violence against women and girls, as well as elimination of harmful practices and the recognition and value of unpaid care and domestic work. Other targets stress the importance of ensuring women's full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership as well as universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights.
  • January 2010 UN Women
    In the framework of the UN Reform Agenda, the UN General Assembly established UN Women to accelerate the Organization’s goals on gender equality and empowerment of women. UN Women was conceived in order to support inter-governmental bodies in the elaboration of policies, norms and global standards, as well as Member States in the implementation of those standards, the leading and the coordination of the UN System in their work on gender equality.
  • January 2000 MDG 3
    MDG3 aims at promoting gender equality and empowering women. Its target 3.A focuses on the need to eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education, preferably by 2005, and in all levels of education no later than 2015.
  • The Fourth World Conference on Women produced the Beijing Declaration and its Platform of Action, unanimously adopted by 189 countries and considered as the most progressive scheme and road map for advancing women’s rights. As a defining framework for change, the Platform for Action made comprehensive commitments under 12 critical areas of concern, namely, women and poverty, education and training of women, women and health, violence against women, women and armed conflict, women and the economy, women in power and decision-making, institutional mechanism for the advancement of women, human rights of women, women and the media, women and the environment and the girl- child. The conference represented a crucial milestone in the progress of gender equality and empowerment of women.
  • January 1994 PoA
    The 20-year Programme of Action was adopted by 179 countries, on the occasion of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), held in Cairo in 1994 and aimed to provide a new vision of the links between population, development and individual well-being. The Programme recognized the importance of empowerment of women, gender equality as well as reproductive health and rights as issues at the core of any population and development programmes.
  • January 1979 CEDAW
    Often considered as an international bill of rights for women, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), was adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly. It defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination. According to the Convention, discrimination against women can be defined as "any distinction, exclusion or restriction made on the basis of sex which has the effect or purpose of impairing or nullifying the recognition, enjoyment or exercise by women, irrespective of their marital status, on a basis of equality of men and women, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural, civil or any other field".
  • The First World Conference on Women was held in Mexico City in 1975, reuniting 133 governments and designing a World Plan of Action for the Implementation of the Objectives of the International Women’s Year, providing measures and indications for the advancement of women for the upcoming decade. Furthermore, 6000 NGOs Representatives took part to a parallel forum, the Women’s Year Tribute.
  • January 1946 CSW
    Established by the Economic and Social Council with Resolution 11(II), adopted on 21st June 1946, the Commission was first mandated to prepare recommendations and reports to ECOSOC to promote women’s rights in political, economic, social and educational fields, as well as make recommendations on urgent matters requiring immediate attention as well as submit proposals to the Council regarding its terms of references. In 1996, thanks to ECOSOC Resolution 1996/6, its mandate was extended, recognizing to the Commission a leading role in the monitoring and review process of the implementation of the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

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