Yearbook of the United Nations, 2008. Part 3, Economic and social questions. Chapter 10, Women
In 2008, United Nations efforts to advance the status of women worldwide continued to be directed by the principles and guidelines of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, adopted at the Fourth (1995) World Conference on Women, and the outcome of the General Assembly's twenty-third (2000) special session (Beijing+5), which reviewed progress in their implementation. The Commission on the Status of Women, at its fifty-second session in March, adopted conclusions on financing for gender equality and the empowerment of women, which the Economic and Social Council transmitted to the Assembly as input to the preparations for the follow-up international conference on financing for development. The Commission recommended to the Council for adoption a draft resolution on the situation of and assistance to Palestinian women, which the Council adopted in July. The Council also took action on mainstreaming a gender perspective into all UN system policies and programmes. The Commission adopted and brought to the attention of the Council resolutions on women and children taken hostage in armed conflict; women, the girl child and HIV/aids; ending female genital mutilation; and strengthening of the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW). The General Assembly adopted resolutions on eliminating violence against women; trafficking in women and girls; supporting efforts to end obstetric fistula; and the future operation of INSTRAW. The United Nations Development Fund for Women continued to focus on women's economic security and rights, ending violence against women, reducing the prevalence of HIV/aids, and advancing gender justice in democratic governance. The United Nations continued efforts to strengthen and revitalize INSTRAW. The Executive Board approved the Institute's strategic framework for 2008–2011.
Yearbook of the United Nations, 2008. v. 62; Vol. 62
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