Gender Equality

Beijing+20

Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action in Asia and the Pacific: 1995 to 2015

BACKGROUND

In 1995, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action was adopted by the Fourth World Conference on Women, and subsequently endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1996.  The Beijing Platform for Action constitutes a global framework for realising gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

The Beijing Platform for Action calls upon governments, the international community and civil society, encompassing non-governmental organisations and the private sector, to empower women and girls by taking action in 12 critical areas: poverty, education and training, health, violence, armed conflict, the economy, power and decision-making, institutional mechanisms for the advancement of women, human rights, the media, the environment and the girl child.

Every five years, progress in implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action is reviewed by the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).  There have been three reviews to date – 2000, 2005 and 2010 – with each review resulting in a declaration that reaffirms global commitment to the empowerment of women and girls.

BEIJING +20 REVIEW EVENTS
Asia-Pacific Civil Society Consultative Forum (10-11 February 2014)
ESCAP Committee on Social Development (18-20 August 2014)
Asia-Pacific Civil Society Consultative Forum (15-16 November 2014)
Asian and Pacific Conference on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment: Beijing +20 Review (17-20 November 2014)
59th Session of the Commision on the Status of Women (March 2015)
71st Session of ESCAP (May 2015)

REVIEW PROCESS SURVEYS RESOURCES