CSW 64 / BEIJING +25 - 2020

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Nov 15, 2019

CSW64 / Beijing+25

Summary by Zarin Hainsworth

B+25 process
  1. Governments sent their reports to UN.  They were supposed to engage with civil society – many did not
  2. Civil society can submit parallel reports geographically and by theme – to UN women – on website and considered as much as States Party reports
  3. CSO consultations have or are taking place more or less the same time as those undertaken by governments in the UN geographical zones.  For us this was North America and Europe – which took place in Geneva in October.  (Futher info to follow under separate email) The government and the CSO outputs are provided to the UN who will take them into consideration when looking at B+25
  4. CSW64 is looking at B+25.  States Parties will negotiate a statement/declaration that will be made on the first day of CSW.  CSO can be engaged with this through lobbying with their own Government.
  5. A special session at the General Assembly in September.  At the moment it is unclear as to how much civil society can be involved as passes for the GA are challenging to obtain. The purpose of the special session is to raise the profile of the issues, although as it will be at the GA, the asks might not be as robust as we might wish for.  Hence CSW is the place where we need to raise the bar in terms of highlighting best practice – what works as well as make robust demands.
  1. The primary activity of CSW will be to raise awareness of the gaps and challenges still remaining but also the achievements that have been made and suggestions for positive actions that will make a difference.  
  2. CSW 64 will also negotiate the themes for the next few years for CSW.  These need to be linked to Agenda 2030 and CEDAW in order to keep governments on track with their existing commitements.  Therefore we need to be consulting together on what we would like to see as the themes – priority, review and emerging issues for the next 5 years
  3. Accreditation closes 27 Jan
  4. Registration for events within the ngo forum closes today
  5. Our caucus will have at least one meeting in the first week and one meeting in the second week.  We are also trying to find other spaces where we can meet to have meaningful conversations.
  6. NGOCSW NY holds on line training for CSW64 and is sending out newsletters and other information.  Some links are below.
  • UN Women has a vision that 2020 will be the year to make a difference.  
  • Celebrating B+25 and engaging both with new communications technologies, and with young people, but also reaching out to achieve the widest engagement possible. 
  • All of us can be involved in this process – to raise awareness of our rights, hard won, and enshrined in Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (which we need to read), CEDAW (which we need to know) and Agenda 2030 (which we need to know and understand)
  • This is callled Generation Equality.
  • There will be two major events – Mexico in May and Paris in July.  
  • Numbers will be limited for those attending and the process has yet to be decided.  There will be some funding provided by the private sector and how to ensure that this funding has no strings is being discussed at the moment. 
  • The events will be tri-partite ie UN and Governments, civil society, business. Civil society should be 2/3 of the participants
  • Countries are encouraged to hold national events at the same time, to increase participation and to decrease carbon footprint
  • We are encouraged to hold as many events as possible including conversations, awareness raising in our homes, bigger events etc – in order to raise awareness of the already won rights, and the best way to implement them.
  • There are many ways in which we can be involved and the advisory working group is open to anyone who wishes to join
  • There are thematic working groups which are also open to anyone who would like to sign up 
  • Everyone is encouraged to joint the Feminist and Women’s Movent action plan
  • 2020 is also anniversaries of: 5 years Agenda2030, 10 years UN Women, 20 years 1325.


October 21, 2019

Oct 17, 2019 - Written Statement of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women (IFBPW) for CSW 64

> Download (pdf)


May 24, 2019

CSW 64 / Beijing +25

The sixty-fourth session of the Commission on the Status of Women is planned to take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 9 to 20 March 2020. Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs)from all regions of the world are invited to attend the session.

In 2020, the global community will mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995). A five-year milestone will be reached towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 2020 is therefore a pivotal year for the accelerated realization of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, everywhere.

The main focus of the session will be on the review and appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcomes of the 23rd special session of the General Assembly. The review will include an assessment of current challenges that affect the implementation of the Platform for Action and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women and its contribution towards the full realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

dates & Announcements

August 23, 2019

Leaders' Summit will take place from March 6th to March 7th at the Harmonie Club, 4 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022

The Clare Fulcher Dinner will take place on Sunday, March 8th from 6:30pm to 10pm

The Consultation Day will be organized on Sunday, March 8th.

The BPW Executive will lodge in the Westgate Hotel, 304 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017, USA; the link for registration will follow on this website.

Reporting Beijing +25

Nov 27,  2019

Civil Society Statement on Beijing+25 Review Intergovernmental Meeting

Regional Meeting Bankok

Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development

Vica Larasati Speaks At Beijing+25 Review Intergovernmental Meeting

Photo:Ya Gan

September 23, 2019

September Meeting of NGO CSW in New York, Sept 20 2019

The monthly meeting of NGO CSW in New York had four speakers: (picture from right to left)

  • the Chair of UN Women H.E.Mr. Mher Margaryan, Permanent Representative of Armenia to the UN
  • Delphine O, Secretary General for the UN Women's Global Forum
  • Dr. Nadine Gasman Zylbermann, President, National Institute of Women
  • Lopa Banerjee, Director of the Civil Society Division UN Women

The meeting was mostly an information about the CSW 64 and the review process of Beijing+25.


UN Women wanted to do the review process in a different way including all culture, ethnicites, religions and languages. Countries and NGO reports have been submitted and are available on the UN Women webpage. UN Women reached out to NGO CSW and asked them to collaborate in forming an advisory group which will reach out to the core group. All people interested will continuously be informed through the NGO CSW mailing list and the UN women webpage.


Lopa strengthened that UN Women were getting impatient as up to now no country has achieved gender equality. Therefore, a special effort is necessary to move equality forward.


Delphine O and Dr. Nadine Gasman Zylbermann informed about the Generation Equality Forums which will be held in Mexico on May 7 to 8 and culminate in an additional Forum in Paris on July 7 to 10. The Paris meeting was an initiative of President Macron. Both events will be launched at the General Assembly 2019 of the United Nations. Both events will be inclusive, all parts of Civil Society can participate, not only ECOSOC accredited organizations. The Fora will be inter-sectional and inter-generational. UN Women will fund some people who could otherwise not attend.

September 12, 2019

The Civil Society Forum will take place on

28 October 2019 at the 

International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG).


A broad alliance of feminists and women’s rights organizations are organizing this forum.


Find the preliminary agenda here (pdf) 


Should you have further question, kindly contact CSOuneceB25@wecf.org


Register through this link  

(the initial deadline was 22 August 2019, however the registration form 

is still available)

May 25, 2019

Review and appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcomes of the 23rd special session of the General Assembly, and its contribution towards the full realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Regional contacts for inputs and reporting Beijing +25

Latin America/Caribbean



August 23, 2019

UN Women - Generation Equality Forum 2020 

The Generation Equality Forum is a global gathering for gender equality, convened by UN Women and co-chaired by France and Mexico, with the leadership and partnership of civil society. Building on the Beijing+25 national and regional reviews and CSW64, the Forum will kick-off in Mexico in May 2020 (7th-8th May, likely) and culminate in Paris on 7th-10th July 2020.

Video Information by NGO CSW

NGO CSW64 Video 7

Preparing for CSW64

NGO CSW64 Video 6

Preparing for CSW64 Process

NGO CSW64 Video 5

Preparing for CSW64 Participation

NGO CSW64 Video 4

Events & Registration 


NGO CSW64 Video 3

NGO Forum Overview

NGO CSW64 Video 1

Introduction & Visa Information

NGO CSW64 Video 2:

CSW Registration