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The fifty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women took place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 10 to 21 March 2014.

 

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

Themes

Priority theme:

Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls

 

Review theme:

Access and participation of women and girls to education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work (agreed conclusions from the fifty-fifth session)

 

 Emerging issue:

Women’s access to productive resources

Organization of the session

In accordance with its multi-year programme of work (ECOSOC resolution 2009/15), the Commission’s two-week session included the following activities:

 

Preparations

Stakeholders’ Forum

On 4 and 5 December 2013, UN Women convened a forum to engage a range of stakeholders in the preparations for CSW58 at UN Headquarters in New York.

Expert Group Meeting

In preparation for the fifty-eighth session, UN Women, in collaboration with the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), convened an Expert Group Meeting on “Structural and policy constraints in achieving the MDGs for women and girls” from 21 to 24 October 2013 in Mexico City, Mexico.

Asia-Pacific Civil Society Consultations on Beijing +20 and CSW58

In preparation the fifty-eight session of the Commission on the Status of Women consultations for the Asia-Pacific region were held in Bangkok from 12 to 14 February 2014. The consultation resulted in an outcome document that recommends a stand-alone goal on gender equality on the post-2015 development agenda and the integration of of gender equality across all goals.

 

African Preparatory and Consultative Meetings 

The Africa Preparatory and Consultative Meetings ahead of the fifty-eight session of the Commission on the Status of Women were held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 6 to 8 of February 2014. The consultations aimed to build African solidarity and consensus prior to CSW58 and resulted in an outcome document that supported a stand-alone goal for achieving gender equality, women’s rights and women’s empowerment in the post-2015 development agenda.

 

Preparatory expert panel

A preparatory expert panel on the priority theme was held during the fifty-seventh session of the Commission on 6 March 2013.

– See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw58-2014/preparations#sthash.DcCf8KzO.dpuf

 

 

Official Documents

Documentation

Links to documents will be published as they become available.

  • E/CN.6/2014/1
    Provisional agenda and annotations
  • E/CN.6/2014/1/Add.1
    Proposed organization of work
  • E/CN.6/2014/2
    Normative aspects of the work of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. Report of the Under-Secretary-General/Executive Director
  • E/CN.6/2014/3
    Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls. Report of the Secretary-General
  • E/CN.6/2014/4
    Progress in mainstreaming a gender perspective in the development, implementation and evaluation of national policies and programmes, with a particular focus on the priority theme. Report of the Secretary-General
  • E/CN.6/2014/5
    Discussion guide for the high-level round table on the priority theme. Note by the Secretariat
  • E/CN.6/2014/6
    The situation of, and assistance to, Palestinian women. Report of the Secretary-General
  • E/CN.6/2014/7
    Release of women and children taken hostage, including those subsequently imprisoned, in armed conflicts. Report of the Secretary-General
  • E/CN.6/2014/8 • A/HRC/26/17
    Report of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women on the activities of the United Nations Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women
  • E/CN.6/2014/9
    Letter from the President of the Economic and Social Council to the Chair of the Commission on the Status of Women
  • E/CN.6/2014/10
    Input to the 2014 ECOSOC high-level segment. Note by the Secretary-General
  • E/CN.6/2014/11
    Eliminating maternal mortality and morbidity through the empowerment of women. Report of the Secretary-General
  • E/CN.6/2014/12
    Women, the girl child and HIV and AIDS. Report of the Secretary-General
  • E/CN.6/2014/13
    Gender equality and the empowerment of women in natural disasters. Report of the Secretary-General
  • E/CN.6/2014/14
    Ways and means to further enhance the impact of the work of the Commission on the Status of Women. Report of the Secretary-General

NGO statements

Links to documents will be published as they become available.

 

Official Meetings

Organization of the session

In accordance with its multi-year programme of work (ECOSOC resolution 2009/15), the Commission’s two-week session included the following activities: Organization of work

First week 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 1-3 p.m. 3-6 p.m.
Monday
10  March
– Opening of the session
– Election of officers (Item 1)
– Adoption of the agenda and other organizational matters (Item 2)
– Introduction of documents
(Item 3 as a whole)General discussion (Item 3)
(opens)
Review of the implementation of the BPfA and the outcome of the 23rd special session of the GA – sharing of experiences and good practices on implementation of the Platform for Action, with a view to overcoming remaining obstacles and new challenges1 p.m.: deadline for inscription on list of speakers for the general discussion
  High-level round table on the priority theme
(in two parallel meetings)
Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls

(Item 3 (a) (i))
Tuesday
11  March

General discussion
(Item 3)

(continued)
 
General discussion
(Item 3)

(continued)
Wednesday
12  March
Panel 1
Priority theme
Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls
  Panel 2
Priority theme
Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls
Focus: accountability and participation of women and girls in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals
Thursday
13  March
General discussion (Item 3)
(continued)in parallel withAgreed conclusions:
Informal consultations
  Panel 3
Emerging issue
Women’s access to productive resources
Friday
14  March
Agreed conclusions:
Informal consultations
  Agreed conclusions:
Informal consultations

Second week 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 1-3 p.m. 3-6 p.m.
Monday
17 March
General discussion (Item 3)
(continued)in parallel withAgreed conclusions:
Informal consultations
  General discussion (Item 3)
(concludes)in parallel withAgreed conclusions:
Informal consultations
Tuesday
18 March
Panel 4
Review theme
Access and participation of women and girls in education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work
  3 p.m.: deadline for submission of draft proposals (i.e., draft resolutions / decisions) Panel 5
Review theme
Access and participation of women and girls in education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work
Wednesday
19 March
Agreed conclusions:
Informal consultations
  Closed meeting to consider the report of the Working Group on Communications (Item 4)followed by Agreed conclusions:
Informal consultations
Thursday
20 March
Follow-up to the Economic and Social Council resolutions and decisions (Item 5) – introduction and discussionIntroduction of draft proposals General discussion (Item 3)
(concludes)followed byAgreed conclusions:
Informal consultations
  Agreed conclusions:
Informal consultations
Friday
21  March
Action on draft proposals   Action on draft proposals and other outstanding issues
Provisional agenda for the 59th session of CSW (Item 6)
Adoption of the report of the CSW on its 58th session (Item 7)
Closure of the 58th sessionOpening of 59th session
Election of Bureau members

 

Side Events

The programme of side events, or activities organized outside the formal programme of the session of the Commission, provides an excellent opportunity for Member States, UN entities and NGOs to discuss themes of the Commission and other critical gender equality issues.

Side events held on UN premises

Permanent Missions and UN entities hold side events on UN premises during the CSW session. The online request system for side event rooms opens on 10 December 2013. Permanent Missions and UN entities may contact csw.sideevents@unwomen.org for access to the system.

Parallel events held in the Church Center and other locations

Parallel events organized by NGOs take place outside United Nations premises, usually in the Church Center (located at the intersection of 44th Street and First Avenue, across from the UN Secretariat building). Any NGO may organize and attend these events—subject to space availability.

NGOs wishing to organize a parallel event during the CSW session should directly contact the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, which is a group of New York–based women’s NGOs in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council. All questions on NGO-sponsored events should be directed to the NGO Committee on the Status of Women.

Calendar of side events

calendar of side events organized by Permanent Missions and UN entities will be posted on the UN Women website prior to the CSW session, and updated regularly.

calendar of parallel events organized by NGOs will be posted on the website of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women.

– See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw58-2014/side-events#sthash.xU7qbUt4.dpuf

 

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