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E/1997/27 CSW


Commission on the Status of Women

 Distr. GENERAL



E/1997/27 CSW - Report of the forty-first session
                                 Chapter IV

        CONVENTION ON THE ELIMINATION OF ALL FORMS OF DISCRIMINATION
        AGAINST WOMEN, INCLUDING THE ELABORATION OF A DRAFT OPTIONAL
                         PROTOCOL TO THE CONVENTION


1.   The Commission considered item 5 of its agenda at its 15th meeting, on
21 March 1997.  It had before it the report of the Secretary-General
containing a comparative summary of existing communications and inquiry
procedures and practices under international human rights instruments and
under the Charter of the United Nations (E/CN.6/1997/4) and the report of
the Secretary-General on additional views of Governments, intergovernmental
organizations and non-governmental organizations on an optional protocol to
the Convention (E/CN.6/1997/5).


                       ACTION TAKEN BY THE COMMISSION

       Report of the Open-ended Working Group on the Elaboration of a
       Draft Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination  
                of All Forms of Discrimination against Women

2.   At the 15th meeting, on 21 March, the Chairperson of the Open-ended
Working Group on the Elaboration of a Draft Optional Protocol to the
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women,
Aloisia Wo"rgetter (Austria), introduced and orally revised the report of
the Working Group, as contained in documents E/CN.6/1997/WG/L.2 and
E/CN.6/1997/WG/L.3 and Add.1, and the Chairperson's summary, which was
subsequently circulated in document E/CN.6/1997/WG/L.4.

3.   Also at the 15th meeting, the representative of France made a
statement.  The Secretary of the Commission and the Chairperson of the
Open-ended Working Group also made statements.

4.   The Commission then adopted the draft report of the Working Group, as
orally revised, and agreed to annex it, together with the Chairperson's
summary, to the report of the Commission (see annex III below).

Renewal of the mandate of the Open-ended Working Group on the Elaboration
of a Draft Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All
Forms of Discrimination against Women

5.   At the 15th meeting, on 21 March, the Chairperson of the Open-ended
Working Group on the Elaboration of a Draft Optional Protocol to the
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women,
Ms. Wo"rgetter (Austria), introduced a draft resolution (E/CN.6/1997/L.8)
entitled "Renewal of the mandate of the Open-ended Working Group on the
Elaboration of a Draft Optional Protocol to the Convention on the
Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women" submitted on the
basis of informal consultations, the annex to which contained a draft
decision on the renewal of the mandate of the Working Group.

6.   At the same meeting, the Secretary informed the Commission that the
recommendation to authorize the Working Group to meet in parallel with the
Commission in 1998 and 1999 had been noted by the Department of Conference
Services and would be included in the draft calendar of conferences and
meetings submitted to the Committee on Conferences after the Economic and
Social Council had approved the recommendation.

7.   The Commission then adopted the draft resolution (see chap. I, sect.
C, Commission resolution 41/3), and the draft decision annexed thereto (see
chap. I, sect. B, draft decision I).

 


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