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E/CN.6/1996/1


Commission on the Status of Women

 Distr. GENERAL
26 February 1996
ORIGINAL: ENGLISH


COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN
Fortieth session
11-22 March 1996
Item 2 of the provisional agenda


            ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONAL MATTERS

                              Provisional agenda


1.   Election of officers.

2.   Adoption of the agenda and other organizational matters.

3.   Follow-up to the Fourth World Conference on Women:

     (a) Mandate, methods of work and multi-year work programme of the
         Commission on the Status of Women;

     (b) Review of mainstreaming in organizations of the United Nations
system;

     (c) Implementation of strategic objectives and action in the critical
         areas of concern:

     (i) Poverty;

    (ii) Women and the media;

   (iii) Child and dependant care, including sharing of responsibilities
         between men and women.

4.   Communications concerning the status of women.

5.   Elaboration of a draft optional protocol to the Convention on the
     Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

6.   Provisional agenda for the forty-first session of the Commission.

7.   Adoption of the report of the Commission on its fortieth session.




                                  Annotations

Item 1.  Election of officers

1.   Rule 15 of the rules of procedure of the functional commissions of the
Economic and Social Council provides that, at the commencement of the first
meeting of a regular session, the Commission shall elect, from among the
representatives of its members, a Chairman, one or more Vice-Chairmen and such
other officers as may be required.  At past sessions, the Commission has
elected, in addition to a Chairman, three Vice-Chairmen and a Rapporteur.

2.   In resolution 1987/21, the Economic and Social Council recommended that,
in order to enhance the effectiveness of the work of the Commission, the
officers elected to the bureau of the Commission should serve for a term of
office of two years.  The Commission will be required to elect a new bureau at
the present session.  The officers elected will serve during the fortieth and
forty-first sessions.

Item 2.  Adoption of the agenda and other organizational matters

3.   Rule 7 of the rules of procedure provides that the Commission shall, at
the beginning of each session, after the election of its officers, adopt the
agenda for that session on the basis of the provisional agenda.

4.   In resolution 1987/22 on measures to strengthen the role and functions
of the Commission on the Status of Women, the Economic and Social Council
decided to structure the agenda for future sessions of the Commission around
its functions, namely programming, coordination, monitoring and policy
development.  At its thirty-ninth session, the Commission decided to include
an item on follow-up to the Fourth World Conference on Women in the
provisional agenda for its fortieth session.

5.   The provisional agenda and documentation for the fortieth session of the
Commission were approved by the Economic and Social Council in decision
1995/252.  In the light of the decisions taken by the General Assembly in its
resolution 50/203 on follow-up to the Fourth World Conference on Women, the
Bureau of the Commission met on 30 January, 2 February and 6 February 1996 to
consider the agenda and organization of work for the session.  On the basis of
extensive discussions, the Bureau decided to propose a restructured
provisional agenda so that the Commission could focus on the aspects of its
work that were mandated by the General Assembly as a result of the Fourth
World Conference on Women.  The present document contains the provisional
agenda proposed by the Bureau.  The annotations reflect the decisions taken by
the Bureau.

6.   The Bureau, in an effort to make more efficient use of the time
available to the Commission, decided to include in the organization of work a
series of dialogues on the implementation of strategic objectives and action
in the critical areas of concern, with expert panels and with organizations of
the United Nations system, from which Governments could derive action-oriented
agreed conclusions.  The proposed organization of work for the session is
contained in the annex below.

7.   In accordance with Economic and Social Council resolution 1979/69, the
Commission will have before it a note by the Secretariat on the status of
documentation for the session.

     Documentation

     Note by the Secretariat on the status of documentation for the session
     (E/CN.6/1996/L.1)
     
Item 3.  Follow-up to the Fourth World Conference on Women

8.   The Bureau of the Commission has proposed that the central focus of the
fortieth session of the Commission on the Status of Women should be follow-up
to the Fourth World Conference on Women.  The agenda has been arranged to deal
systematically with those issues concerning follow-up that were raised by the
General Assembly, as well as those that were included in the provisional
agenda approved by the Economic and Social Council in decision 1995/252.

     (a) Mandate, methods of work and multi-year work programme of the
         Commission on the Status of Women

9.   The General Assembly, in resolution 50/203, decided that the Assembly,
the Economic and Social Council and the Commission on the Status of Women, in
accordance with their respective mandates and with Assembly resolution 48/162
and other relevant resolutions, should constitute a three-tiered
intergovernmental mechanism that would play the primary role in overall
policy-making and follow-up, and in coordinating the implementation and
monitoring of the Platform for Action.  It invited the Economic and Social
Council to review and strengthen the mandate of the Commission on the Status
of Women, taking into account the Platform for Action as well as the need for
synergy with all other related commissions and conference follow-up.  It
decided that the Commission on the Status of Women should have a central role
in the monitoring, within the United Nations system, of the implementation of
the Platform for Action and in advising the Council thereon.  It requested the
Commission to develop its multi-year programme of work for the period
1996-2000 at its fortieth session so that it could review the critical areas
of concern in the Platform for Action, and to consider how it could integrate
into its programme of work the follow-up to the Conference and how it could
develop its catalytic role in mainstreaming a gender perspective in United
Nations activities.  The Commission will have before it the report of the
Secretary-General on the follow-up to the Fourth World Conference on Women.

     Documentation

     Report of the Secretary-General on the follow-up to the Fourth World
     Conference on Women (E/CN.6/1996/2)

     (b) Review of mainstreaming in organizations of the United Nations
         system

10.  Also in resolution 50/203, the General Assembly requested the
Secretary-General to report, through the Commission on the Status of Women and
the Economic and Social Council, to the General Assembly at its fifty-first
session on ways to enhance the capacity of the Organization and of the United
Nations system to support the ongoing follow-up to the Conference in the most
integrated and effective way, including human and financial requirements.  The
Commission will have before it the requested report.

System-wide medium-term plan for the advancement of women

11.  By resolution 1993/16, the Council endorsed the system-wide medium-term
plan for the advancement of women for the period 1996-2001 as a general
framework for the coordination of system-wide efforts; requested the
Secretary-General, in his capacity as Chairman of the Administrative Committee
on Coordination, to arrange for a revision of the system-wide medium-term plan
after the Platform for Action and the second review and appraisal of the
implementation of the Nairobi Forward-looking Strategies for the Advancement
of Women had been adopted by the Fourth World Conference on Women; and decided
that the Commission on the Status of Women, together with the Committee for
Programme and Coordination, should be given the responsibility for monitoring
progress on the system-wide medium-term plan for the advancement of women.

12.  The Commission will have before it a draft of the proposed revised
system-wide medium-term plan for the advancement of women for the period
1996-2001.

Proposed medium-term plan for the period 1998-2001

13.  In accordance with the relevant regulations and rules governing
programme planning, the programme aspects of the budget, the monitoring of
implementation and methods of evaluation, the Commission will have before it
draft proposals on the subprogramme on advancement of women of the programme
on policy coordination and sustainable development.

Improvement of the status of women in the Secretariat

14.  In resolution 1995/28 on improvement of the status of women in the
Secretariat, the Economic and Social Council urged the Secretary-General to
implement fully the strategic plan of action for the improvement of the status
of women in the Secretariat (1995-2000), noting that his visible commitment
was essential to the achievement of the targets set by the General Assembly;
and also urged him to accord greater priority to the recruitment and promotion
of women in posts subject to geographical distribution, particularly in senior
policy-level and decision-making posts and within those parts of the United
Nations system and the specialized agencies where representation of women was
considerably below the average.

15.  In resolution 50/164, the General Assembly called upon the
Secretary-General to implement the strategic plan of action and to fulfil his
target of having women hold 50 per cent of managerial and decision-making
positions by the year 2000; urged him to continue his work on improving the
work practices and environment within the United Nations system, and to
increase the number of women employed in the Secretariat from developing
countries; requested him to ensure that equal employment opportunities existed
for all staff; also requested him to enable the Focal Point for Women within
the Secretariat effectively to monitor and facilitate progress in the
implementation of the strategic plan of action; and further requested him, in
accordance with the relevant rules on the delivery timetable for
documentation, to ensure that a progress report on the status of women in the
Secretariat was submitted to the Commission on the Status of Women at its
fortieth session.

16.  The Commission will have before it the requested report.

Mainstreaming women's human rights

17.  In resolution 39/5, the Commission stressed the importance of
cooperation and coordination between the Commission on the Status of Women and
the Commission on Human Rights to ensure that the United Nations human rights
mechanisms addressed on a regular basis violations of the human rights of
women and that the Commission on the Status of Women regularly took stock of
that integration process while carrying out its central role of monitoring
activities relating to the status of women.  It requested the
Secretary-General, taking into account the outcome of the Fourth World
Conference on Women, to see to the preparation of a joint work plan on the
human rights of women for the Centre for Human Rights and the Division for the
Advancement of Women on an annual basis and to inform both the Commission on
Human Rights and the Commission on the Status of Women at their annual
sessions, beginning in 1995, of the plans to facilitate the mainstreaming of
the human rights of women, in the context of the implementation of the Vienna
Declaration and Programme of Action, adopted by the World Conference on Human
Rights.  It requested the Secretary-General to report to the Commission on the
Status of Women, at its annual session in 1996, on the implementation of the
resolution.  The Commission will have before it the report of the
Secretary-General on the implementation of the resolution as well as a report
on the joint work plan.

18.  In addition, the Commission will have before it extracts from the report
of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women on its
fifteenth session.

Violence against women, including migrant women workers

19.  In resolution 39/7, the Commission on the Status of Women requested the
Secretary-General to submit to the Commission at its fortieth session a copy
of his report to the General Assembly on violence against women migrant
workers, which should include the reports to be submitted by the Special
Rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights on violence against women, the
Centre for Human Rights, relevant United Nations functional bodies and
organizations, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental
organizations.  The report of the Secretary-General submitted to the General
Assembly at its fiftieth session will be made available to the Commission.  In
addition, the Commission will have before it a note updating the information
contained in that report.

20.  In resolution 50/166 on the role of the United Nations Development Fund
for Women in eliminating violence against women, the General Assembly
requested the Fund to include in its regular reports information regarding its
activities to eliminate violence against women and to provide such information
to the Commission on the Status of Women and Commission on Human Rights.  It
also requested the Fund to include in its regular reports information on the
establishment of a trust fund in support of national, regional and
international actions to eliminate violence against women and to provide such
information to the Commission on the Status of Women and Commission on Human
Rights.  The Commission will be provided with such information.

Palestinian women

21.  In resolution 1995/30 on Palestinian women, the Economic and Social
Council requested the Commission on the Status of Women to continue to monitor
and take action with regard to the implementation of the Nairobi
Forward-looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women, in particular
paragraph 260 concerning Palestinian women and children.  It requested the
Secretary-General to continue to review the situation and to assist
Palestinian women by all available means, and to submit to the Commission on
the Status of Women at its fortieth session a report on the progress made in
the implementation of the resolution.  The report of the Secretary-General on
this question will be before the Commission.

     Documentation

     Report of the Secretary-General on ways to enhance the capacity of the
     Organization and of the United Nations system to support the ongoing
     follow-up to the Conference in the most integrated and effective way,
     including human and financial requirements (E/CN.6/1996/3)

     Report of the Secretary-General on progress in improving the status of
     women in the Secretariat (E/CN.6/1996/7)

     Report of the Secretary-General on the situation of and assistance to
     Palestinian women (E/CN.6/1996/8)

     Report of the Secretary-General on the extent to which violations of
     women's human rights have been addressed by human rights mechanisms
     (E/CN.6/1996/9)

     Note by the Secretary-General transmitting information provided by the
     United Nations Development Fund for Women on the implementation of
     General Assembly resolution 50/166 (E/CN.6/1996/11)

     Note by the Secretary-General on violence against women migrant workers
     (E/CN.6/1996/12)

     Report of the Secretary-General on the joint work plan of the Division
     for the Advancement of Women and the Centre for Human Rights
     (E/CN.6/1996/13)

     Note by the Secretary-General containing draft proposals for the
     subprogramme on the advancement of women for the proposed medium-term
     plan for the period 1998-2001 (E/CN.6/1996/14)

     Note by the Secretary-General transmitting the results of the fifteenth
     session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against
     Women (E/CN.6/1996/CRP.1)
     Note by the Secretary-General containing a draft of the proposed revised
     system-wide medium-term plan for advancement of women for the period
     1996-2001 (E/CN.6/1996/CRP.2)

     Documentation for information

     Report of the Secretary-General on violence against women migrant
     workers (A/50/378)

     Report of the Secretary-General on the improvement of the status of
     women in the Secretariat (A/50/691)

     (c) Implementation of strategic objectives and action in the critical
         areas of concern

22.  In resolution 50/203, the General Assembly requested the Commission to
consider how it could integrate into its programme of work the follow-up to
the Conference and how it could develop its catalytic role in mainstreaming a
gender perspective in United Nations activities, taking into account the need
for a focused and thematic approach to the review of the Platform for Action
and the contribution that could be made by all other functional commissions of
the Council. 

     (i) Poverty

23.  Poverty is the first in the list of critical areas of concern in the
Platform for Action.  By its resolution 48/183, the General Assembly
proclaimed 1996 International Year for the Eradication of Poverty.  By its
decision 1995/321, the Economic and Social Council decided that coordination
of the activities of the United Nations system for the eradication of poverty
would be the theme for the coordination segment of its substantive session of
1996, and that it would focus on, inter alia, coordination of United Nations
efforts to ensure that all its activities for poverty eradication took fully
into account the gender perspective.

     Documentation

     Note by the Secretariat on issues related to poverty (E/CN.6/1996/CRP. 
     )

     (ii)  Women and the media

24.  In resolution 1990/15, the Economic and Social Council endorsed the
priority themes for the thirty-seventh to fortieth sessions of the Commission.

For the fortieth session, the Council included in the list of priority themes
the elimination of stereotyping in the mass media.  This theme is directly
related to women and the media, the critical area of concern addressed in
chapter IV, section J, of the Platform for Action.  The report on the priority
theme, emphasizing measures to address the critical area of concern, will be
before the Commission.



     Documentation

     Report of the Secretary-General on the elimination of stereotyping in
     the mass media (E/CN.6/1996/4)

     (iii)  Child and dependant care, including sharing of responsibilities
            between men and women

25.  In resolution 1990/15, the Economic and Social Council endorsed the
priority themes for the thirty-seventh to fortieth sessions of the Commission.

For the fortieth session, the Council included in the list of priority themes
child and dependant care, including sharing of responsibilities between men
and women.  The issue of child and dependant care, including sharing of
responsibilities between men and women is found in many parts of the Platform
for Action and was intended to be a theme that would cut across various
sections of the Platform.  The Commission will have before it the report of
the Secretary-General on the priority theme, emphasizing the relationship with
the relevant critical areas of concern.  The Commission will also have before
it the report of the Secretary-General on education for peace.

     Documentation

     Report of the Secretary-General on child and dependant care, including
     sharing of responsibilities between men and women (E/CN.6/1996/5)

     Report of the Secretary-General on education for peace (E/CN.6/1996/6)

Item 4.  Communications concerning the status of women

26.  In resolution 76 (V) of 5 August 1947, the Economic and Social Council
established a procedure by which the Commission on the Status of Women would
handle communications relating to the status of women.  In resolution 304 I
(XI) of 14 and 17 July 1950, the Council amended resolution 76 (V) and
requested the Secretary-General to compile, before each session of the
Commission, a list of confidential and non-confidential communications,
containing a brief indication of the substance of each communication.

27.  In resolution 1983/27, the Council reaffirmed the mandate of the
Commission to consider confidential and non-confidential communications on the
status of women, and authorized the Commission to appoint a working group to
consider such communications and prepare a report thereon for the Commission.

28.  In resolution 1993/11, the Economic and Social Council reaffirmed that
the Commission on the Status of Women was empowered to make recommendations to
the Economic and Social Council on what action should be taken on emerging
trends and patterns of discrimination against women revealed by such
communications.

     Documentation

     Note by the Secretary-General transmitting the confidential list of
     communications concerning the status of women (E/CN.6/1996/S.W.
     Communications List No. 30)

     Note by the Secretary-General transmitting the non-confidential list of
     communications concerning the status of women (E/CN.6/1996/CR.32)

Item 5.  Elaboration of a draft optional protocol to the Convention on the
         Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women

29.  In resolution 1995/29, the Economic and Social Council decided that the
Commission on the Status of Women should establish an in-session open-ended
working group for a two-week period at its fortieth session to consider a
comprehensive report by the Secretary-General, including a synthesis, on the
views of Governments, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental
organizations on an optional protocol to the Convention.  The requested report
will be before the Commission.

     Documentation

     Report of the Secretary-General containing the views of Governments,
     intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations on an
     optional protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of
     Discrimination against Women (E/CN.6/1996/10 and Add.1)

Item 6.  Provisional agenda for the forty-first session of the Commission

30.  Pursuant to paragraph 3 of Economic and Social Council resolution
1894 (LVII), the Commission will have before it the draft provisional agenda
for its forty-first session, with an indication of the documents to be
submitted under each agenda item and the legislative authority for their
preparation, in order to enable the Commission to consider those documents
from the point of view of their contribution to the work of the Commission,
and of their urgency and relevance in the light of the current situation. 

Item 7.  Adoption of the report of the Commission on its fortieth session

31.  In accordance with rule 37 of the rules of procedure of the functional
commissions of the Economic and Social Council, the Commission shall submit to
the Council a report on the work of its session.


                         PROPOSED ORGANIZATION OF WORK

Week of 11-15 March 1996

     Monday, 11 March

         a.m.                 Opening of the session

                 Item 1       Election of officers

                 Item 2       Adoption of the agenda and other organizational
                              matters

                 Item 3       Follow-up to the Fourth World Conference on
                              Women

         p.m.*   Item 3       General discussion

     Tuesday, 12 March

         a.m.*   Item 3       Continuation of general discussion

         p.m.*   Item 3       Continuation of general discussion

     Wednesday, 13 March

         a.m.*   Item 3 (c)   Follow-up to the Fourth World Conference on
                              Women:  implementation of strategic objectives
                              and action in the critical areas of concern: 
                              Poverty

                              Panel of experts:  presentation and dialogue

         p.m.*   Item 3 (c)   Dialogue with representatives of organizations
                              of the United Nations system, including the
                              Bretton Woods institutions

     Thursday, 14 March

         a.m.*   Item 3 (c)   Dialogue among Governments

         p.m.*   Item 3 (c)   Follow-up to the Fourth World Conference on
                              Women:  implementation of strategic objectives
                              and action in the critical areas of concern: 
                              Women and the media

                              Panel of experts:  presentation and dialogue

_________________________

     *   The meeting of the in-session open-ended working group of the
Commission to elaborate a draft optional protocol to the Convention on the
Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women will be held
simultaneously with the plenary meeting.

     Friday, 15 March

         a.m.*   Item 3 (c)   Dialogue among Governments

         p.m.*   Item 3 (c)   Follow-up to the Fourth World Conference on
                              Women:  implementation of strategic objectives
                              and action in the critical areas of concern: 
                              Child and dependant care, including sharing of
                              responsibilities between men and women

                              Panel of experts:  presentation and dialogue

Week of 18-22 March

     Monday, 18 March

         a.m.    Item 3 (c)   Dialogue among Governments

         p.m.*   Item 3       Informal consultations

         6 p.m.               Deadline for submission of draft proposals on
                              item 3

     Tuesday, 19 March

         a.m.*   Item 3       Informal consultations

         p.m.*   Item 3       Informal consultations

     Wednesday, 20 March

         a.m.*   Item 4       Closed meeting of the Commission to consider the
                              report of the Working Group on Communications,
                              followed by:

                 Item 3       Conclusion of general discussion 

         p.m.*   Item 3       Informal consultations

     Thursday, 21 March

         a.m.*   Item 3       Informal consultations

         p.m.*   Items 3      Introduction of draft proposals, followed by:
                 and 5        

         p.m.                 Informal consultations on all outstanding
                              issues, if necessary



     Friday, 22 March

         a.m.                 Action on draft proposals and on the proposed
         and p.m.             agreed conclusions on item 3 (c)

         p.m.    Item 6       Provisional agenda for the forty-first session
                              of the Commission

                 Item 7       Adoption of the report of the Commission on its
                              fortieth session

                              Closure of the session


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