At its thirtieth session held on 12-30 January 2004, the Committee
on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women decided to begin elaboration of a new general recommendation
(No. 26), on article 2 of the Convention.
As decided by the Committee at its seventeenth session in July 1997
the Committee follows a three-stage process for the formulation of general recommendations. In the first stage,
a general discussion and exchange of views on the subject of the general recommendation is held by the Committee,
with the participation of entities of the United Nations system, non-governmental organizations and other
organizations. In the second stage, a Committee member is asked to draft the general recommendation to be
discussed at the next session of the Committee. In the third stage, a revised draft is submitted to the Committee
at a subsequent session for consideration and adoption by the Committee as a whole.
With regard to general recommendation No. 26, the first stage of elaboration will begin on 21 July 2004
during the Committee's thirty-first session, scheduled to take place from 6 to
23 July 2004, at United Nations Headquarters in New York.
United Nations entities and non-governmental organizations wishing to participate in the general discussion
and/or to submit background papers for consideration by the Committee, are kindly invited to contact the
Secretariat by no later than 1 May 2004.
Expressions of interest and requests for information should be addressed to:
Women's Rights Section
Division for the Advancement of Women/DESA
Fax: 212 963 3463