Central Asia Sub-Regional Consultation on Beijing+20

Date: Friday, October 31, 2014

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On 22-23 October 2014 Almaty hosted Consultative Meeting to review progress on Beijing Platform for Action (1995) in Central Asia.
This event is an important preparatory stage to the upcoming regional inter-governmental review and non-governmental forums in Bangkok and Geneva.

The meeting was attended by Ms. Elaine Conkievich, Head of UN Women MCO in Central Asia (Kazakhstan), Mr. Usen Suleimen, Ambassador -at-Large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Ms. Dinar Nuketayeva, member of the National Commission for Women Affairs and Family and Demographic Policy (Kazakhstan), as well as representatives of non-governmental organizations, who work in the area of gender equality from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. UNFPA and UNHCR colleagues were also actively involved in overall discussion.

In the course of 2 working days participants discussed current situation with gender equality in Central Asian countries and obstacles in implementation of international obligations outlined in BPfA. Outcome document developed by international consultant Elizabeth Duban and distributed prior to the meeting became starting point of the discussion. The Outcome document summarizes regional trends in gender equality, analyzes achievements, challenges and priorities in Central Asian countries, which have to be incorporated into the post 2015 development agenda.
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During the meeting participants presented key provisions of official reports submitted by governments of Central Asian countries to the Commission on Status of Women in the first half of 2014. They also shared their experience and opinion on the most serious obstacles encountered in implementation of gender equality and empowerment of women. All presentations made by participants are listed below. Discussion covered six priority areas: economic empowerment of women, elimination of violence against women, women’s reproductive health, access to justice, women’s political participation and women, peace and security. Participants paid special attention to identifying regional trends in implementation of BPfA and related platforms and plans in this area, as well as common to the countries of the region problems and successful solutions. The Outcome document was amended to take into account two days of discussion.

Photo exhibition and colorful resource materials about all major areas of Beijing Platform for Action that were distributed by UN Women MCO Central Asia caught special attention and were got acclaim of participants.

Outcome Document Bejing +20 Central Asia Final English Version