Beijing+5: 23rd special session of the General Assembly

Meetings held in preparation for Beijing +5:

Commission on the Status of Women acting as the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) Meetings:

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), acting as the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the Special Session of the General Assembly has met twice to prepare for the Special Session, during the 42nd session of the CSW in March 1998 and during the 43rd session of the CSW in March 1999.  The third PrepCom Session was held 3-17 March 2000. 

Informal Consultations of the PrepCom Bureau:
The Bureau of the Preparatory Committee  have convened a series of informal open-ended consultations to consider preparations for special session.


International Workshop on "Beijing +5 – Future Actions and Initiatives"
Date:  8 to 10 November 1999.
Location: United Nations House in Beirut, Lebanon
Spnonsors/Hosts: United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW) and the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)

WomenWatch working group:

Date:  6 September - 17 December
Title:   Beijing +5 Global Forum


UN Regional Commission reviews:

The United Nations Regional Commissions conducted five-year regional reviews on the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action. Dates and venues for these meetings were:

  • ESCAP (Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific)
    Date: 26 - 29 October 1999
    Location: Bangkok, Thailand
    Title: High-Level Meeting to Review the Implementation of the Jakarta Declaration and the Plan of
    Action and Regional Implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action
    Sponsors/Hosts: ESCAP
    Contact: Thelma Kay
    Final report

  • ECA (Economic Commission for Africa)
    Date: 22 - 27 November 1999
    Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    Title: Sixth African Regional Conference on Women to Assess Progress in the Implementation of the
    Beijing and African Platforms for Action
    Sponsors/Hosts: ECA
    Contact: Josephine Ouedraogo
    Relevant Documents  

  • ESCWA (Economic Commission for Western Asia)
    Date: 1st Meeting was held 12-15 December 1998
    2nd meeting will be 29 November - 1 December 1999
    Location: Beirut, Lebanon
    Title: Arab Conference on the Integrated Follow-up to Global Conferences
    Sponsors/Hosts: ESCWA
    Contact: Fatima Kassem

  • ECE (Economic Commission for Europe)
    Date: 19 - 21 January 2000
    Location: Geneva, Switzerland
    Title: ECE Regional Preparatory Meeting on the 2000 Review of the Implementation of the Beijing
    Platform for Action
    Sponsors/Hosts: ECE (with UNDP and UNIFEM, the Council of Europe and the European
    Contact: Patrice Robineau
    Agreed Conclusions

  • ECLAC (Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean)
    Date: 8 - 10 February 2000
    Location: Lima, Peru
    Title: Eighth Session of the Regional Conference on Women of Latin America and the Caribbean
    Sponsors/Hosts: ECLAC/CEPAL
    Contact: Nieves Rico
    The Lima Consensus