UN Women in Action: Intergovernmental Support

  • In 2014, UN Women supported national consultations for the 20-year review of the Beijing Platform for Action (Beijing +20) in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova and Ukraine.
  • As co-organizer and co-host of the regional Beijing+20 meetings in November 2014 in Geneva, UN Women worked closely with the UN Economic Commission for Europe and the NGO Committee on the Status of Women in Geneva. Over 670 civil society representatives from 56 countries participated in the NGO Forum, while about 500 government representatives attended the intergovernmental meeting. An NGO Declaration and the Co-Chairs’ Conclusions were submitted to the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women in March 2015.
  • In 2015, assisted by UN Women, the Kyrgyz Republic hosted an international conference on "The role of Parliament in achieving gender equality in the context of Beijing+20." It was attended by parliamentarians, representatives from international research institutes, gender experts, women’s activists and members of local councils. More than 150 participants developed and adopted a resolution on progressive measures to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment across the key areas of the Beijing Platform for Action.
  • In Albania, UN Women and UNFPA are leading discussions with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the UN Country Team to establish a tracking mechanism for implementation of human rights measures including CEDAW. UN Women has supported the People’s Advocate of Albania to prepare the first shadow report on CEDAW implementation, already being used to highlight gaps and issues.