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United Nations Commission on the Status of Women: Previous sessions

64th session: March 2020

The 64th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women was to take place in New York City from March 9 to March 20, 2020 but was suspended on March 9 for concerns regarding COVID-19.

The 64th session’s main focus was going to be on the review and appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcomes of the 23rd special session of the General Assembly. The review was to include an assessment of current challenges that affect the implementation of the Platform for Action and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women and its contribution towards the full realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Canada’s national review

Every 5 years, UN Women conducts a global review on progress towards the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action. In this context, the Government of Canada prepared a National Report on its own implementation progress. For this review, covering the period of 2015 to 2019, progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals was also considered.

63rd session: March 2019

The priority theme of the UNCSW 63rd session was "Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls". The Commission also evaluated progress in the implementation of the agreed conclusions from its 60th session on "Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development".

62nd session: March 2018

The 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 12 to 23 March 2018.

The priority theme discussed was the challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls while also evaluating progress in the implementation of the outcomes of the 47th session on the participation in and access of women to the media, and information and communications technologies and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women.

61st session: March 2017

The 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 13 to 24 March 2017.

The priority theme discussed was "Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work". In addition, the Commission evaluated progress in the implementation of the agreed conclusions from its 58th session on the "achievements in implementing the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls". The session also addressed the emerging issue of the "empowerment of Indigenous women and girls".

NGO members of the Canadian Delegation
Canada hosts event
Minister discusses with Executive Director of UN Women
Canada delivers the Head of Delegation Statement

60th session: March 2016

The 60th session of the UNCSW took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from March 14 to 24, 2016.

The priority theme discussed at the session was "Women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development". The review theme was the elimination and "prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls".

Canada’s delegation was led by the Minister of Status of Women Canada and included representation from federal, provincial and territorial governments, and non-governmental organizations, including Indigenous women’s organizations.

The highlights of Canada’s role at the 60th session of the UNCSW include:

Additional information

59th session: March 2015

The 59th session of the UNCSW took place from March 9 to 20, 2015 at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

The session focused on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, twenty years after its adoption at the Fourth World Conference in 1995.

The session also looked at opportunities for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women in the post-2015 development agenda.

58th session: March 2014

The 58th session of the UNCSW took place from March 10 to 21, 2014 at the United Nations headquarters in New York. The priority theme discussed at the session was: "Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls." 

The review theme was "Access and participation of women and girls to education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women's equal access to full employment and decent work."  The emerging issue considered was "Women's access to productive resources."

57th session: March 2013

The 57th session of the UNCSW took place from March 4 to March 15, 2013 at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Member states addressed the priority theme, "The elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls." The review theme was "The equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men, including caregiving in the context of HIV/AIDS." Members also considered an emerging issue, "Key gender equality issues to be reflected in the post-2015 development framework."

56th session: February 2012

The 56th session of the UNCSW addressed the priority theme, "The empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges." The review theme was "Financing for gender equality and the empowerment of women." Members also considered the emerging issue of "Engaging young women and men, girls and boys, in advancing gender equality." Panel discussions and high-level round-table sessions were held throughout the UNCSW to address these themes.

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