Yearbook of the United Nations, 2009. Part 3, Economic and social questions. Chapter 10, Women
In 2009, United Nations efforts to advance the status of women worldwide continued to be guided by 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 Assembly, following a series of meetings among representatives of Member States and relevant UN bodies, adopted a September resolution in which it supported the consolidation of the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, the Division for the Advancement of Women, the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW) into a composite entity, to be led by an Under-Secretary-General. The aim of the strengthened organizational architecture, which was part of the UN reform agenda, was to provide the UN system with a single driver and voice on gender equality. The Commission on the Status of Women, at its March session, adopted conclusions on the equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men, which included care giving in the context of HIV/aids, and a summary on gender perspectives on global public health. Both were transmitted to the Economic and Social Council for adoption and as input into its annual ministerial review. The Commission recommended to the Council for adoption draft resolutions on the future operation of INSTRAW; the situation of and assistance to Palestinian women; the future organization and methods of work of the Commission; and the Commission's Working Group on Communications on the Status of Women, all of which the Council adopted in July, along with a resolution on mainstreaming a gender perspective into all UN system policies and programmes. The Commission adopted and brought to the Council's attention resolutions on women, the girl child and HIV and aids, and on preparations for its 2010 session, during which there would be a review of the Fourth World Conference and Beijing+5. The Assembly adopted resolutions on: eliminating violence against women; the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women; violence against women migrant workers; improvement of the situation of women in rural areas; the girl child; and women in development. The Council and the Assembly both decided that a meeting would be held in 2010 to commemorate the fifteenth anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. UNIFEM continued its work on strengthening women's economic security and rights; ending violence against women; reducing the prevalence of HIV/ aids among girls and women; and advancing gender justice in democratic governance, including in conflict affected and post-conflict countries. In June, the UNIFEM strategic plan, 2008–2011, including its integrated financial resources framework, was extended to 2013. Two resolutions adopted by the Security Council in September and October addressed issues of women, peace and security and focused on the impact of armed conflict on women and girls, including: the use of sexual violence; the needs of women and girls in post-conflict situations; and the under-representation of women in peace processes. In the September resolution, the Council requested the Secretary-General to appoint a Special Representative on sexual violence in conflict.
Yearbook of the United Nations, 2009. v. 63; Vol. 63
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