United Nations Conference Documents
last updated 25 April 2007

The United Nations has integrated language that condemns violence against women into many world conference documents. Since the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995, the conference documents make clear that there is an international consensus that governments and society at large must work to eliminate gender-based violence. This section contains excerpts of the main conference documents that address violence against women, since 1993 to the present.

1985 World Conference to Review and Appraise the Achievements of the UN Decade for Women
Nairobi Forward-Looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women
1993 World Conference on Human Rights, Vienna
Vienna Declaration and Program of Action
1995 Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing
Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action
1995 World Summit for Social Development, Copenhagen
Copenhagen Declaration on Social Development, Commitments
1996 Second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II), Istanbul
Habitat Agenda and Istanbul Declaration on Human Settlements
2000 Millennium Summit
United Nations Millennium Declaration