Yearbook of the United Nations, 2001. Part 3, Economic and social questions. Chapter 10, Women
During 2001, United Nations efforts to advance the status of women and ensure their rights continued to be guided by the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, adopted at the Fourth (1995)World Conference on Women. That guidance was augmented by the political declaration and further action and initiatives adopted in 2000 at the General Assembly's twenty-third special session to appraise and assess implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing+5). The Commission on the Status of Women, the Economic and Social Council and the Assembly considered follow-up to the Fourth World Conference on Women and Beijing+5. In a December resolution, the Assembly called on Governments, the UN system and civil society, including non-governmental organizations (NGOs), to take action to achieve full and effective implementation of the outcomes of the Beijing Conference and the special session. The Commission on the Status of Women, at its forty-fifth session in March and May, recommended to the Council for adoption agreed conclusions on its two thematic issues: women,the girl child and HIV/AIDS; and gender and all forms of discrimination, in particular racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. The Council endorsed the agreed conclusions in July. Also on the Commission's recommendation, the Council adopted resolutions on the situation of and assistance to Palestinian women; discrimination against women and girls in Afghanistan; and main streaming a gender perspective into all policies and programmes in the UN system. It also adopted a multi-year programme of work for the Commission for 2002-2006. The Commission adopted and brought to the Council's attention resolutions on the release of women and children taken hostage, including those imprisoned during armed conflict, and the 2002-2005 system wide medium-term plan for the advancement of women. The United Nations Development Fund for Women continued to focus on women's economic and political empowerment and to advocate for gender equality. In December, the Assembly urged Member States, NGOs and the private sector to continue to contribute to the Fund. The Assembly also adopted resolutions on the situation of older women; traditional and customary practices affecting the health of women and girls; women in development; and violence against migrant women, among others. The International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women, which announced the completion of phases I and II of the Gender Awareness Information and Networking System, and the initiation of phase III, continued to suffer from financial insecurity throughout the year. In December, the Assembly decided to establish a working group to consider the Institute's future operations.
Yearbook of the United Nations, 2001. v. 55; Vol. 55
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