Commission on the Status of Women
E/1997/27 CSW - Report of the forty-first session
ORGANIZATION OF THE SESSION
A. Opening and duration of the session
1. The Commission on the Status of Women held its forty-first session at
United Nations Headquarters from 10 to 21 March 1997. The Commission held
16 meetings (1st to 16th). In accordance with Economic and Social Council
decision 1996/240, 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 met during the session.
2. The session was opened by the Chairperson.
3. At its 1st meeting, on 10 March, the Commission held a special
ceremony to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Commission and
heard an address by the Secretary-General.
4. Statements were made by the Under-Secretary-General for Policy
Coordination and Sustainable Development and the Special Adviser on Gender
Issues and Advancement of Women.
5. Statements were also made by the Chairperson and by the honoured
6. The session was attended by representatives of 45 States members of
the Commission. Observers for other States Members of the United Nations
and for non-member States, representatives of organizations of the United
Nations system and observers for intergovernmental, non-governmental and
other organizations also attended. A list of participants is contained in
annex I to the present report.
C. Election of officers
7. In accordance with Economic and Social Council resolution 1987/21, the
officers elected to the Bureau of the Commission at its fortieth session
were to serve as officers during the forty-first session. At the 1st
meeting, on 10 March, having been informed that Rafika Khouini (Tunisia)
and Karin Stoltenberg (Norway) would be unable to continue to serve as
Vice-Chairpersons, the Commission elected two new Vice-Chairpersons. The
Bureau therefore comprised:
Chairperson: Sharon Brennen-Haylock (Bahamas)
Vice-Chairpersons: Ljudmila Boskova (Bulgaria)
Zakia Amara Bouaziz (Tunisia)
Eva Hildrum (Norway)
Rapporteur: Sweeya Santipitaks (Thailand)
D. Agenda and organization of work
8. At its 1st meeting, on 10 March, the Commission adopted its
provisional agenda and approved its organization of work, as contained in
document E/CN.6/1997/1. The agenda read as follows:
1. Election of officers.
2. Adoption of the agenda and other organizational matters.
3. Follow-up to the Fourth World Conference on Women:
(a) Review of mainstreaming in organizations of the United
(b) Emerging issues, trends and new approaches to issues
affecting the situation of women or equality between women
(c) Implementation of strategic objectives and action in the
critical areas of concern.
4. Communications concerning the status of women.
5. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination
against Women, including the elaboration of a draft optional
protocol to the Convention.
6. Provisional agenda for the forty-second session of the
7. Adoption of the report of the Commission on its forty-first
9. Also at its 1st meeting, the Commission was informed that
Aloisia Wo"rgetter (Austria) would continue to serve as 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, established in accordance with Economic and Social Council
E. Consultations with non-governmental organizations
10. A written statement, submitted by a non-governmental organization in
accordance with rule 76 of the rules of procedure of the functional
commissions of the Economic and Social Council (E/5975/Rev.1), was
circulated in document E/CN.6/1997/NGO/1.
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