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The 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

New York 10 – 21 March 2014

United Nations Headquarters in New York

by Regina Smit, President Zonta Club Lier Belgium

Commission on the Status of Women

Representatives of Member States, UN entities and ECOSOC-accredited non governmental organizations (NGO’s) from all regions of the world attend the session. Every year Zonta members attend the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York at United Nations Headquarters. Zonta attends the NGO-CSW. The CSW is for Governments and the NGO-CSW for NGO’s. The NGO’s are the ears and the eyes for the Governments. This year 2014 the priority theme is: “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.

The review theme (from the agreed conclusion of the 55th session in 2011) is “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”. Zonta attends the NGO-CSW as an ECOSOC-accredited Non Governmental Organization (NGO). Governments and NGO’s discuss and organize side events. The outcome of two weeks of discussion for the Governments are the agreed conclusions.

On Friday March 21, at 11.40 pm the Commission adopted the agreed conclusions for the 58th session of the CSW. It was a very hard fought discussion at times with much compromise, which at the end of a long two weeks, has made for a good outcome. Website: un csw for the adopted agreed conclusions.

The agreed conclusions are reported for the meeting in the third commission of the United Nations (Human Rights and Women Issues) in the General Assembly in October. After adoption in the General Assembly the implementation in the governments of the states is important.

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