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United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), established by ECOSOC resolution 11(II) of 21 June 1946.  It is the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women.

The Commission's multi-year programme of work for 2010-2019 was adopted by ECOSOC resolution 2016/3

Next session: CSW, 62nd Session (2018)

Current session: CSW, 61st Session (2017)  #CSW61    (See also: Commission on the Status of Women: A Quick Guide from the Dag Hammarskjöld Library)

Recent session: CSW, 60th Session (2016), Agreed Conclusions

Collections of documents from Expert Group meetings in preparation of the CSW programme of work, 1996-2011 (on UN Women Watch)

CSW social media: Facebook / Twitter: @UN_CSW


World Conferences on Women

First (Mexico City, 1975) / Second (Copenhagen, 1980) / Third (Nairobi, 1985) /
Fourth (Beijing, 1995) : Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action

Read more about the Beijing and its follow-up (UN Women).


History of the Commission

E/RES/11(II) of 21 June 1946 conferred upon the Subcommission on the Status of Women (1st sess. report: E/38/Rev.1) the status of a full commission.

Read more about the History of the Commission on UN Women Watch.

Photo: Sub-Commission on the Status of Women, EcoSoc Council, 08 May 1946
Photo Credit : UN Photo

UN Women

Logo of UN WomenThe United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women was created in July 2010, when the General Assembly voted unanimously to merge four distinct parts of the UN System that focused on gender equality and women's empowerment (A/RES/64/289)

UN Women Official Documents (UNDocs Catalog search)

UN Reference Works