The NGO CSW67 Forum will take place from 5 to 17 March 2023, aligning with the official UN CSW67 session.

The format of the NGO CSW67 Forum will be hybrid (both virtual and in-person). Check this page periodically for more information about the NGO CSW67 Forum and UN CSW67.

NGO CSW Forum FAQs

The NGO CSW Forum is the civil society side of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The Forum runs parallel to the official CSW session taking place at the UN Headquarters. This provides civil society the opportunity to engage in the processes and CSW sessions without ECOSOC-accreditation or a UN grounds pass (both of which are needed to attend the CSW).

Over the two weeks of the UN CSW, NGO CSW/NY organizes hundreds of events that inform, engage and inspire grassroots efforts and advocacy needed to empower women and girls. Some of the events that we host are Consultation Day, Orientation & Advocacy Training, Regional Caucuses, Conversation Circles, and Parallel Events organized by CSOs around the globe.

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principle global intergovernmental body dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

During the two-week session, UN entities, Member States, and civil society discuss issues pertaining to women, girls, and gender equality. The Commission assesses progress and gaps in the implementation of global women's rights documents like the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA), as well as issues happening on the regional, national, and local levels.

Each year, the Commission focuses on specific themes related to gender equality, known as the 'priority' and 'review' themes. The CSW67 themes are:

Priority theme: Innovation and technological change, and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls;

Review theme: Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls (agreed conclusions of CSW62)

For more information about the CSW, visit UN Women's website.

The NGO CSW Forum is totally separate from the official UN Commission on the Status of Women session. Below are some important distinctions between the two events.

NGO CSW Forum:

- Organized by NGO CSW/NY (a civil society organization)

- Civil society forum (not part of the formal UN system)

- Do not need to be ECOSOC-accredited to attend

- Has Parallel Events hosted by civil society

UN CSW:

- Organized by UN Women (a UN agency)

- Official United Nations Commission

- Must be ECOSOC-accredited to attend

- Has Side Events hosted by Member States, UN agencies, and ECOSOC-accredited NGOs

CSW67 Priority Theme

Innovation and technological change, and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls

CSW67 Review Theme

Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls

Advocacy & Research Group

the Advocacy & Research Group (ARG) provides solicited and researched recommendations leading up to and during the CSW Outcome Document negotiations. The ARG researches issues raised in the CSW Priority Theme with input from NGO CSWs in the Regions and global civil society. Recommended language is then provided to the CSW Bureau, UN Women, and all Member States in advance of negotiations for consideration and inclusion in the Zero Draft and in their discussions.

Learn about the Advocacy & Research Group's work for CSW67.
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