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The 58th session of Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58) is taking place at United Nations Headquarters from 10-21 March, 2014. The focus of this year’s session is on the Challenges and Achievements in the Implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for Women and Girls.
With the Millennium Development Goals set to expire at the end of 2015, this session of the Commission of the Status of Women offers an important opportunity for Members States, UN organizations, civil society, NGOs and women’s organizations to build on the lessons of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and take stock of progress and remaining challenges. These discussions come at a critical time, as UN Member States look ahead to define the future global development roadmap – also known as the post-2015 agenda.
The Commission on the Status of Women is the principal global policymaking body dedicated exclusively to addressing gender inequality and the advancement of women.
The Commission meets annually at United Nations Headquarters in New York to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards, and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and women's empowerment worldwide.
Established in 1946 as a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), it reports to the Council to promote women’s rights across various fields, and makes recommendations on problems requiring immediate attention.
Forty-five Member States of the United Nations serve as members of the Commission at any one time.
The principal output of the Commission on the Status of Women is the agreed conclusions on priority themes set for each year. The annual report is submitted to the ECOSOC for adoption.
UNFPA at CSW58
UNFPA is concentrating efforts to address why the empowerment of women and girls, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and the rights of young people, as well as population dynamics more generally, are central to the achievement of the MDGs and to ensuring sustainable development in the context of the post-2015 development agenda.
This is particularly critical for MDG 5, the goal on improving maternal health that lags the farthest behind.
UNFPA looks forward to an outcome to the CSW58 that adequately reflects issues of gender equality, the empowerment of women and girls, human rights, young people and sexual and reproductive health and rights, and the elimination of harmful practices such as child marriage female genital mutilation/cutting. All must be part of any future sustainable development.
This year is also pivotal because it marks the 20th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). The comprehensive ICPD@20 Global Review recently led by UNFPA – a landmark UN review of progress, gaps, challenges and emerging issues in relation to the ICPD Programme of Action – points to enormous development gains over the past two decades. But it also reveals that persistent inequalities and discrimination continue to undermine the human rights of far too many women and girls. That is why, as we build a new sustainable development framework, it is critical to put the most marginalized and vulnerable women and girls at its centre.
Throughout the Commission, UNFPA will also sponsor and take part in various side events focusing on gender equality, the girl child, women in humanitarian crisis, eliminating maternal mortality and morbidity through the empowerment of women, and linkages between HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights.