After months of consultations, a number of women’s rights groups and other Non-governmental organizations have come to the following conclusions regarding the proposal to have a Fifth World Conference on Women or other commemoration of Beijing Plus 20 (2015):
1.      A reaffirmation of commitment from Member States of the United Nations to the full implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action at its 20th year anniversary is critical. It is also paramount to galvanize political commitment to all other UN Resolutions and Agreements that seek to achieve gender equality, women’s equal participation in decision-making, implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, and Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security- particularly 1325 and 1820.

2.      This reaffirmation of commitment must entail mobilizing strong political will and financial resources devoted to the former’s full implementation.

3.       Events designed for this purpose should NOT entail an inter-governmental negotiation

4.      The preferred modality for such an occasion is a High Level Meeting that is fully inclusive of civil society- particularly women’s organizations and other NGOs that work for gender equality and women’s empowerment, to be celebrated at the United Nations Seventieth Session of the General Assembly in 2015

We recommend the following language for a resolution on 5WCW:

The General Assembly,

Recalling its resolution 66/132 of 19 December 2011 on follow-up to the Fourth World Conference on Women and full implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action
Recalling also the further actions and initiatives to implement the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, as adopted at the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly,

Recalling further all declarations and resolutions on women, peace and security; on the achievement of women’s human rights, gender equality, and the empowerment of women;
Taking note of the announcement made by its President and the Secretary-General on 8 March 2012 jointly proposing the convening of a Global Conference on Women by the United Nations in 2015, twenty years after the women’s summit in Beijing,
Recognizing the crucial linkages between the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security 1325 and 1820, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the Cairo Programme of Action, and the Millennium Development Goals,
Recognizing that, in spite of the progress made towards achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women, ending violence against women, and realizing women’s human rights, considerable gaps still exist in the implementation of all these goals, including the adequate mobilization of new and additional resources to this end;

Emphasizing the need for Governments to recommit themselves at the highest political level to achieving the goals and objectives of the Fourth World Conference on Women’s Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action;

1.      Decides to convene a High Level Thematic Debate during the seventieth session of the General Assembly in order to assess the status of implementation of the Platform for Action and renew political support for actions required for its full implementation and identify emerging priorities for acceleration of implementation of the BPfA and all other relevant resolutions and agreements in this matter;
2.      Encourages Governments to undertake reviews of the progress achieved and the challenges faced in the implementation of the Platform for Action at all levels, particularly at the national level;

3.      Calls upon UN Women, in consultation with Member States, relevant organizations of the United Nations, including the Bretton Woods Institutions , international organizations, civil society and especially women’s organizations, gender equality experts and relevant academic institutions, to undertake an operational review of implementation of the BPFA, including an assessment of implementation of all relevant laws, programmes, and policies, as well as structural barriers to its full achievement, and requests the Secretary-General to submit a report based on this review to the Commission on the Status of Women at its XX session;

4.      Requests the Secretary-General, with the support of UN Women and other relevant UN agencies, funds, and programmes, to present the findings of the operational review and of the CSW interactive dialogue, to the seventieth session of the General Assembly;

5.      Decides that the UN Regional Social and Economic Commissions in cooperation with UN agencies, including UN Women should strongly support regional-level meetings according to regional priorities with full participation of Member States and non-governmental organizations including women’s organizations, which will contribute to the High Level Thematic Debate in 2015

6.      Reaffirms that the High Level Thematic Debate for the review and assessment of the status of implementation of the Platform for Action will be undertaken on the basis of, and with full respect for the Platform for Action and that there will be no renegotiation of the existing agreements contained therein;

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