BEIJING+25: NGO PARTICIPATION

Introduction

Four world conferences on Women have been organized by the UN.  These conferences have taken place in Mexico City in 1975; Copenhagen in 1980; Nairobi in 1985; and Beijing in 1995. 

The 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing was a turning point for the global women’s movement. Over 17,000 participants attended, including 6,000 government delegates, 4,000 accredited NGO representatives, many international civil servants and about 4,000 media representatives. A parallel NGO Forum took place near Beijing in Huairou, which gathered over 30,000 people. The outcome of the conference, the Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action, was adopted unanimously by 189 countries. This agenda, according to UN Women, is considered "the most progressive blueprint ever for advancing women’s rights" and "the key global policy document on gender equality".

2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA). In 2020,  UN Women and the Commission on the Status of Women will undertake a review and analysis of the implementation of the BPfA and the outcomes of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly. It has called for national and regional-level reviews, the outcomes of which will feed into the 2020 review to be undertaken by the Commission.

NGO GUIDANCE FOR NATIONAL PARALLEL REPORTS

NGO CSW/NY is working hard to make sure that NGOs will be ready for Beijing + 25. NGOs need an independent, collective voice to critically examine progress, look at challenges, and make recommendations on how their countries have implemented the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA). A team of experts have compiled the NGO Guidance for Parallel Reports to assess the progress or lack thereof in the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action in their countries. The purpose of these NGO guidelines is to give NGOs a common template to prepare country reports, but everyone should feel free to change it to their own contexts. Please send us your Parallel Reports at info@ngocsw.org.

UN WOMEN

National reports will feed into the global synthesis report that UN-Women will submit to the sixty-fourth session of the Commission on the Status of Women, to be held in March 2020.
To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA), the Generation Equality Forum will look back at the past 25 years to evaluate progress, as well as look forward to determine concrete action for gender equality.
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