Declaration Adopted by UN Commission on the Status of Women
Friday, May 7, 2010 12:15 PM

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) met March 1-12 in order to review the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, fifteen years after it was drafted. The CSW also assessed the outcomes of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly. Views were shared on what progress had been made to uphold the principles of the declaration and where progress still needed to be made in order to empower women. A wide variety of groups were actively involved in the reviewing process, including member states, non-governmental organizations, and United Nations entities.

On March 2, 2010, a declaration was adopted by the Commission on the Status of Women, to be brought before the General Assembly by the Economic and Social Council.

On the last day of the assembly, March 12, the Commission adopted seven resolutions on the areas of:

  • Women, the girl child, and HIV/AIDS
  • Release of women and children taken hostage, including those subsequently imprisoned, in armed conflicts
  • The situation of and assistance to Palestinian women
  • Women’s economic empowerment
  • Eliminating preventable maternal mortality and morbidity through the empowerment of women
  • Strengthening the institutional arrangements of the United Nations for support of gender equality and the empowerment of women by consolidating the four existing offices into a composite entity
  • Ending female genital mutilation


Compiled from: “Global 15-year review process in the 54th session of the Commission on the Status of Women.”  Division for the Advancement of Women (2010).