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UN Publications on Gender Equality

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.

Multi-year programme of work of the Commission on the Status of Women : resolution / adopted by ECOSOC (2015-2016 : New York) Resolution

Commission on the Status of Women Report on the sixtieth session (20 March 2015 and 14-24 March 2016)  Report

Recent sessions:

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 Sub Commission on the Status of Women (1st sess. report: Founding Resolution E/38/Rev.1) the status of a full commission.

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

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