Fifty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women

In accordance with its multi-year programme of work for 2010-2014, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will consider ‘“Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls” as its priority theme during its fifty-eighth session in 2014. As the 2015 target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approaches, intergovernmental and UN-led processes are well under way to inform and design a post-2015 development agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 58th session of CSW in 2014 will provide a critical opportunity for evaluating the current…Read more

Official Commemoration of the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Message from UN Women Official Commemoration of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women   25 November 2013, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Trusteeship Council Chamber United Nations Headquarters New York Keynote Speakers: Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director H.E. Mr. Sebastiano Cardi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations Master of Ceremony: Ms. Juju Chang, Emmy Award-winning correspondent for ABC News "Nightline" Official proceeding will be followed by a theatrical performance of 'Wounded to Death' by Italian playwright Serena Dandini Sponsored by the…Read more


The United Nations Messengers of Peace are distinguished individuals, carefully selected from the fields of art, literature, music and sports, who have agreed to help focus worldwide attention on the work of the United Nations. Backed by the highest honour bestowed by the Secretary-General on a global citizen for an initial period of two years, these prominent personalities volunteer their time, talent and passion to raise awareness of United Nations’ efforts to improve the lives of billions of people everywhere. The Messengers of Peace, through their public appearances, contacts with the international media…Read more

Muslim Brotherhood backlash against UN declaration on women rights

UN's call to end violence against women would lead to disintegration of Muslim society, says Egypt's ruling party Egyptian women in an anti-Muslim Brotherhood protest in Cairo. The Brotherhood condemned the UN's declaration for women's rights. Photograph: Amr Nabil/AP . Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood have claimed that a UN declaration calling for an end to violence against women will lead to the "complete disintegration of society". Delegates at the UN's Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York have spent the last fortnight debating the wording of a declaration that would condemn…Read more

Women welcomess Agreed Conclusions at the Commission on Status of Women

At the conclusion of the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women welcomes the outcome of the meeting. The Agreed Conclusions are a testimony to the commitment of Member States to do the right thing, to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls. In the last two weeks during the meeting in New York, and in the lead-up to this session, we witnessed global engagement and mobilization, high-profile advocacy by civil society, and determined leadership by many Member States. Expectations of the world’s women and girls were…Read more