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1 March, 2010: UN marks 15 years of landmark declaration on gender equality, empowerment of women

[New  York | Author: Department of Public Information]

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which remains the most comprehensive global policy framework to achieve the goals of gender equality, development and peace. The Platform was the outcome of the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995.

From 1 to 12 March, government officials and representatives of civil society and the private sector will meet at UN Headquarters in New York to review progress since Beijing during the  54th session of the Commission on the Status of Women 

Upwards of 2,000 NGO representatives from all regions are expected in New York, both to attend the official session and the approximately 90 parallel events  being held. 

In recognition of the Beijing anniversary, the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is “Equal rights, equal opportunities: Progress for All.”

UN offices around the world will be marking the Day with events on 8 March, while the official observance  in New York will take place on Wednesday, 3 March at 10:00 a.m. in Conference Room 1.  Opening remarks will be given by Secretary-General BAN Ki-moon.

A lunchtime panel discussion for all UN staff  – both men and women – will take place on Wednesday, 3 March in Conference Room 1 from 1:15 – 2:30 p.m. on “The Representation of Women: A Fifteen Year Retrospect and Hopes for the Future.”

Actress Sarah Jones will perform “ Women Can’t Wait ” with remarks by the Secretary-General and an introduction by Meryl Streep, at 1:15 p.m. on Friday, 5 March in Conference Room 1.

Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women is a major priority for the Secretary-General and the Organization, with offices throughout the UN system working on gender issues.