The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), charged with evaluating progress on gender equality and formulating concrete policies that promote gender equality. The CSW was established in 1946, one year after the founding of the United Nations itself, and in the years since, its mandate has expanded to include the empowerment and advancement of all women, as well as identification of key trends and challenges. After the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women, the CSW was additionally mandated to periodically review the Beijing Platform for Action and evaluate signatories’ progress in keeping their commitments.

This year’s CSW 59, held from March 9th to March 20th, 2015.

The Commission will undertake a review of progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 20 years after its adoption at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995. The review (Beijing +20) will also include the outcomes of the 23rd special session of the general Assembly, the first five-year assessment conducted after the adoption of the Platform for Action, which highlighted further actions and initiatives.



NGO CSW Committee: Official Website of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women

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The Latest CSW News


Measuring Progress in Gender & Environmental Justice – Lessons from 20 Years Beijing Platform for Action for the Post2015 Agenda

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

[ March 13, 2015; 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. ]

Friday, 13 March 2015, 10:30am – 12 noon, Church Center for the United Nations (CCUN): 10th floor

The three strategic objectives of Beijing’s Chapter K “women and the environment” from 1995 are still a challenge 20 years ahead:

• The involvement of women in environmental decision-making at all levels;
• The integration of gender concerns and perspectives in policies and programs for sustainable development;
• The strengthening and establishment of mechanisms at national, regional and international …

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CSW: Ensuring Climate Justice Towards a Just and Healthy Planet

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

[ March 10, 2015; 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm. ]

Co-Organized by the UNFCCC Women and Gender Constituency, Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF), Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law & Development (APWLD), Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) and INOCHI.

In 2015, countries will work to develop an international framework for climate action with a new agreement under the UNFCCC expected to be delivered in December at the COP21 in Paris. A just and gender-responsive …

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CSW: “The Environment and Gender Index: Measuring Success toward an Equitable Future”

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

[ March 9, 2015; 10:00 am to 11:15 am. ]

On the occasion of the fifty-ninth meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59), which will examine the success and gaps of the past twenty years of implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, as well as key aspects of the post-2015 development agenda unfolding, IUCN Global Gender Office (GGO) in collaboration with UN Women and Governments of Finland, Peru and Liberia, will organize an event on the transformative power of data, featuring …

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International Women’s Day March for Gender Equality and Women’s Rights!

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

[ March 8, 2015; ]

The March for Gender Equality and Women’s Rights is being organized by UN Women in collaboration with the City of New York, NGO-CSW, the Working Group on Girls, the Man Up Campaign and the UN Women for Peace Association.

The march will take place on International Women’s Day (March 8) and commemorate the 20-year anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. This event will …

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CSW: Gender Inequality and Climate Change How to Tackle a Double Injustice

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

[ March 10, 2015; 11:30 am to 12:45 pm. ]

This event will consider the double injustice of tacking gender equality and climate change, particularly in the context of the upcoming climate agreement, set to be agree in December at the French Government hosted COP21.


  • Mme. Pascale Boistard, French Secretary of State for Women’s Rights
  • Mrs. Mary Robinson, President, Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice
  • Ms. Lakshmi Puri, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Representative of the Government of Peru (TBC)
  • Ms. Lorena Aguilar, Global …
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