Commission on the Status of Women, 63rd session

11 March 2019 - 22 March 2019

United Nations Headquarters, New York

Gender equality is also a precondition for advancing development and reducing poverty © UNFPA ESARO/Corrie Butler
Gender equality is also a precondition for advancing development and reducing poverty. © UNFPA ESARO/Corrie Butler

The 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women takes place at United Nations Headquarters starting on 11 March. 

The annual two-week session of the Commission brings together representatives of the United Nations, the UN Member States, as well as organizations and advocates from around the world to discuss the status of women. The Commission also assesses progress in implementing the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, an important global policy document on gender equality, and takes up other issues involving the rights and welfare of women and girls.

UNFPA advocates for women and girls, promoting legal and policy reforms and gender-sensitive data collection, and supporting initiatives that improve women's and girls' health and expand their choices in life.

The theme of this year's commission is the link between women's empowerment and sustainable development. 

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