United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

Commission des Nations Unies de la condition de la femme

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Established 21 June 1946, as a functional commission of United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), by Council resolution 11 (II), within the framework of United Nations (UN). Mandate expanded in 1987, by Council resolution 1987/22. In accordance with General Assembly resolution 50/203, together with General Assembly and ECOSOC and in accordance with their respective mandates and with Assembly resolution 48/162 and other relevant resolutions, constitutes a 3-tiered intergovernmental mechanism playing the primary role in overall policy-making and follow-up and in coordinating implementation and monitoring of the Platform for Action adopted at 4th World Conference of Women, 1995, Beijing (China). Terms of reference modified, 1996, in accordance with the Economic and Social Council resolution 1996/6. Since 2011, functions within UN Women.


Prepare recommendations and reports to ECOSOC on promoting women's rights in political, economic, civil, social and educational fields; make recommendations to ECOSOC on issues requiring immediate attention in the field of gender equality, women's empowerment and women's human rights; follow up progress on implementation of the outcomes of the World Conferences on women, including through regularly reviewing the critical areas of concern in the Beijing Platform for Action and develop its catalytic role in mainstreaming a gender perspective in United Nations activities.

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Plays a central role in monitoring implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action adopted at the 4th World Conference on Women, 1995, and of the further actions and initiatives contained in the outcome document of the 23rd special session of the General Assembly and the declaration adopted at the ten-year review of implementation in 2005. In accordance with its new methods of work (Council resolutions 2006/9 and 2009/15), focuses on one priority theme per year and proposes actions addressed to governments, the UN system and civil society. Also evaluates progress in the implementation of agreed conclusions from a previous session. Discusses an emerging issue affecting the situation of women and reviews progress in mainstreaming in gender perspective at national level, with a particular focus on the priority theme. Resolutions and decisions are brought to the attention of ECOSOC; draft resolutions and draft decisions reviewed by ECOSOC for adoption.


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Subjects *

  • Society
    • Women
    • Sex-Related Questions
  • International Relations
    • United Nations
  • Peace
    • Rights

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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17. Jul 2019
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