Friday
Nov282014

Mainstreaming Gender and Human Rights in Post-2015 Agenda are reaffirmed at the Beijing+20 review for Latin America and the Caribbean

The Latin America and Caribbean Special Session on the Beijing Platform for Action was held in Santiago, Chile, on 18-19 November 2014. The event was inaugurated by Chilean President and founding Executive Director of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet. ECLAC Executive Secretary Alicia Barcena, Minister Alejandrina German, Chair of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean and Gülden Türköz-Cosslett, Director of the Bureau for Policy and Programmes at UN Women were in attendance. 

Delegates from 21 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean reaffirmed in an outcome statement their commitment to the Beijing Platform for Action and the removal of barriers to women's active participation in public and private life. They also called for a specific target on gender equality in the post-2015 development agenda, and for mainstreaming gender and human rights in all the objectives, targets and indicators.

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Thursday
Nov272014

Preparatory forum for civil society engagement in post-2015 development agenda

The following has been received from Beyond-2015 on calls for applications for members of the Steering Committee for a preparatory forum to be held on 16 January 2015 and the first negotiating session on the post-2015 development agenda.

Information has been received from the UN that, in order to support civil society engagement in the forthcoming intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 agenda, a preparatory forum will be convened by DESA-DSD and UN-NGLS on Friday, 16 January 2015, in New York.

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Thursday
Nov272014

Advocacy Workshop for Latin American and Caribbean Region Beijing+20 meeting

Women activists from Latin America and the Caribbean agreed on a regional advocacy strategy in order to ensure that the goals adopted almost 20 years ago at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing are incorporated into the Sustainable Development Goals.Members from more than 60 organizations of the national and regional civil society, representing all the diversity of women, were trained in a workshop given by the Committee of NGOs from Latin America and the Caribbean (CoNGO LAC) on the Status of Women (CSW), with the support of the Committee of NGO CSW New York and the cooperation of the governments of Switzerland and Norway.

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Wednesday
Nov262014

Civil society expresses disappointment that Asia-Pacific governments are not fulfilling commitments on women’s rights in the region and are failing to realise the promise of Beijing Platform for Action

(As reported on the Isis International website)

Following the Asia-Pacific Beijing+20 Review Conference, civil society organisations from across the Asia Pacific region expressed their disappointment at the regressive outcome document agreed by States at the intergovernmental meeting to review the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA). 

“The Beijing Platform for Action is an unfinished agenda,” said Abia Akram, representing civil society organisations in the region, “We therefore regret the lack of progress on women’s rights and the rollbacks in commitments we have seen here in the last two days, despite the support of the majority of governments for an advancement in gender equality and the realisation of women’s rights.” 

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Wednesday
Nov262014

Asia-Pacific Beijing+20 Review Pledges Strengthened Partnerships, Accountability, Funding

Over 700 participants attended the Asia-Pacific Beijing+20 Review Conference, which took place in Bangkok, Thailand, 17-20 November 2014. At the close of the Conference, Governments adopted the Asian and Pacific Ministerial Declaration on Advancing Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment. They pledged to strengthen institutions and partnerships, enhance accountability, support regional cooperation and increase resources to advance gender equality and women's empowerment across the Asia-Pacific region. 

The Queen Mother of Bhutan, Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuk, in her keynote address, said that the “eradication of violence from the lives of women and girls, along with peace, democracy and sustainable development in the region, will become possible when women and girls are valued, when their ability to fully and freely exercise their human rights is wholly supported, when there is equality in the exercise of power and when decisions are made to fully resource comprehensive and evidenced-based interventions."

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Tuesday
Nov252014

Asia Pacific Civil Society Forum on Beijing+20, 14-16 November 2014

Over 400 feminist women activists, working on women’s rights, participated in the Beijing+20 CSO Forum, at the end of which an outcome document was adopted by consensus. It contained recommendations to be to be forwarded to the governments meeting at the Asian and Pacific Conference on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Beijing+20 Review.

The CSO outcome document reiterated the need to address violence and discrimination against women, including migrant workers, sex workers, women with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, women living with disabilities, and women human rights defenders...

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Monday
Nov242014

Declaration of African ministers recommitting them to implementing Beijing Platform for Action

(based on Economic Commission for Africa report)

African ministers responsible for gender and women’s affairs, attending the 9th African Regional Conference on Women, as part of the 20 year review of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 19 November 2014 adopted a Declaration calling for their respective governments to achieve gender equality by 2030, as spelled out in the Agenda 2063

Despite progress in efforts for more gender equality, Ministers noted that daunting challenges to implementing BPfA remain, and that were compounded by emerging issues, such as climate change, terrorism, conflicts, global economic and financial crises and increasing inequality.

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Monday
Nov242014

Beijing+20 – Ninth African Regional Conference

The ninth African Regional Conference, under the aegis of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 17 to 19 November 2014. (See: http://www.uneca.org/beijing-plus-20

NGO Forum

Women’s rights organizations, taking part in an NGO Forum in Addis Ababa in advance of the ECA meeting, from 14-16, called on African governments to re-dedicate themselves to upholding national, regional and international laws and policies that advance women’s rights and gender equality on universal human rights standards already agreed upon and protect them from social moral and cultural arguments and positions. 

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Tuesday
Nov182014

Co-facilitators issue ‘food for thought’ paper on modalities for negotiations on post-2015 development agenda

Sam K Kutesa, President of the General Assembly has transmitted a letter from the Co-facilitators for the post-2015 development agenda and their ‘food for thought’ paper to all UN Permanent Representatives. It provides a basis, based on views expressed by Member States during the consultations held on 4 and 10 November, for further discussions that will take place on 3 and 16 December. It is then hoped that the modalities will be finalized by the end of December so that the substantive consultation can begin in January 2015.

According to the Co-facilitators the objective is to “agree an ambitious and transformative agenda with a view to ensuring the eradication of poverty and the achievement of sustainable development by 2030.”

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Monday
Nov172014

UN Regional Commissions and the post-2015 development agenda

To ensure that Member States and other stakeholders gain “a better understanding of how the regional dimension can continue playing a critical role in catalyzing and mobilizing the means of implementation for the achievement of the post‐2015 development agenda”, the Executive Secretaries of the UN Regional Commissions held a discussion with the UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) on 5 November under the title ‘Development Agenda: Regional Perspectives'. 

According to the Concept Note, there is recognition that regional frameworks can help to translate sustainable development policies into national-level action. The outcome document of the Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), however, does not fully reflect the potential of the regional dimension, particularly in "facilitating and mobilizing the means of implementation and towards helping to consolidate a global partnership for development."

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