Yearbook of the United Nations, 2000. Part 3, Economic and social questions. Chapter 10, Women
United Nations efforts to advance the status of women and ensure their rights in 2000 centred on implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a comprehensive plan for women's empowerment based on the goals of equality, development and peace, which was adopted at the Fourth (1995) World Conference on Women. In June, the General Assembly held its twenty-third special session to review progress in implementing the 12 critical areas of concern outlined in the Platform for Action. The special session—known as Beijing+5 and entitled Women 2000: gender equality, development and peace for the twenty-first century—culminated in the adoption of a political declaration and an outcome document containing further actions and initiatives for overcoming obstacles to realizing the Platform's goals. Those documents reaffirmed the importance of gender main-streaming in all areas and at all levels and the complementarity between main-streaming and special activities targeting women. IN December, the Assembly addressed follow-up to the Fourth World Conference and the outcome of the special session, as well as issues related to the elimination of all forms of violence against women, including crimes committed in the name of honour, and the girl child. IN October, following discussions on the issue of women, peace and security, the Security Council adopted a resolution calling for measures to protect women and girls from gender-based violence during armed conflict. The Council also urged adoption of a gender perspective during the negotiation and implementation of peace agreements. The Economic and Social Council adopted resolutions addressing the situation of women and girls in Afghanistan, Palestinian women, revitalization of the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women, and follow-up to the Council's 1999 high-level segment on the role of employment and work in poverty eradication: empowerment and advancement of women. The Commission on the Status of Women took action with regard to the release of women and children taken hostage in armed conflicts and on issues related to women, the girl child and HIV/AIDS. The Commission also acted as the preparatory committee for Beijing+5. In June, the United Nations Development Fund for Women published the first Progress of the World’s Women 2000, a new biennial report documenting advances and challenges with regard to improving women's economic, social and political status and securing their rights. The 2000 report charted progress made from the mid-1980sto the late 1990s, particularly in relation to the economic dimensions of gender equality and women's empowerment in the context of globalization. The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women considered reports from 15 States parties to the 1979 Convention.
Yearbook of the United Nations, 2000. v. 54; Vol. 54
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