Report of the Australian Government Delegation to the 59th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women - 2015

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The report provides a detailed account of the delegation’s participation at CSW59. The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (the Commission) is the principal global policy making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and the advancement of women and girls. Every year, representatives of United Nations (UN) Member States gather at the UN Headquarters in New York to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment worldwide.

The main focus of the 59th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59) was the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing Declaration), including discussions on current challenges that affect its implementation and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, was created in July 2010, and became operational on 1 January 2011.

The 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing marked a significant turning point

for the global agenda for gender equality. The Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action, adopted unanimously by 189 countries, is an agenda for women’s empowerment and considered the key global policy document on gender equality. It sets strategic objectives and actions for the advancement of women and the achievement of gender equality in 12 critical areas of concern:

  • 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 mechanisms for the advancement of women
  • Human rights of women
  • Women and media
  • Women and the environment
  • The girl-child.

In the lead up to CSW59 the Commission undertook a review of progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration.

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