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CSW-44 Informals #2



Tonya Barnes <>
Richard Campbell <>
Wendy Jackson <> 
Gretchen Sidhu <>

Pamela Chasek, Ph.D. <>

Managing Director
Langston James Goree VI "Kimo" <>

Vol. 14 No. 36
Tuesday, 30 May 2000

Daily coverage of the informal consultations of the 44th 
Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, acting as 
the Preparatory Committee for the Beijing +5 UNGASS can be 
found at

24-26 MAY 2000

The PrepCom for Beijing+5 reconvened on Wednesday, 24 May 
2000, to continue discussing the proposed outcome document  
(E/CN.6/2000/PC/L.1/Rev.3), following negotiations from 28 
February to 17 March , and intersessionals on 8, 9, 11, 15 
and 16 May.  From 24-26 May, Working Group I discussed 
Section II and Working Group II discussed Section IV. Of 
approximately 302 paragraphs, 58 have been agreed. 



Economy: In paragraph 14, on achievements, delegates 
accepted references to: maternity, paternity and parental 
leave; the promotion of women's roles in entrepreneurship; 
and research on barriers to economic empowerment. In 
paragraph 15, on obstacles, delegates agreed on language 
stating, inter alia: the importance of a gender perspective 
in macro-economic policy is still not widely recognized; 
many women still work in, inter alia, the informal economy 
as subsistence producers; progression in professions, in 
most cases, is still more difficult for women; persistent 
gender stereotyping has led to insufficient encouragement 
for men to reconcile professional and family 
responsibilities; and implementation of legislation and 
practical support systems is still inadequate. Delegates 
agreed to JUSCANZ-amended language on women with comparable 
skills and experience being confronted with a gender wage 
gap and lagging behind men in income and career mobility. 
ALGERIA and others requested brackets on "some countries," 
"many women" and "fully." On national legislation not 
recognizing women's equal rights to, inter alia, ownership 
of land and inheritance, PAKISTAN and others opposed 
"equal" before inheritance. The reference remains 

Human Rights: In paragraph 20, on achievements, delegates 
agreed to language noting reforms of laws governing 
marriage and family relations and women's rights, and added 
a reference to laws governing all forms of violence. The EU 
supported, and IRAN, ALGERIA and LIBYA opposed, JUSCANZ 
language on sexual orientation. It remains bracketed, along 
with text on awareness campaigns.  Delegates accepted 
reference to CEDAW's ratification, and deleted text on 
human rights awareness. The EU, opposed by LIBYA and 
ALGERIA, suggested wording on CEDAW's Optional Protocol 
allowing women to submit claims on rights violations. The 
text remains bracketed. Delegates accepted text referring 
to progress made in, inter alia, mainstreaming a gender 
perspective into the UN system. Brackets remain on 
references to the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and to 
NGO support for the Optional Protocol. In paragraph 21, on 
obstacles, the G-77/CHINA requested brackets remain on a 
list of forms of discrimination. Delegates agreed that 
universal ratification of CEDAW by 2000 has not been 
achieved. Chair Mlacak's compilation of G-77/China, 
JUSCANZ, Mexico, and EU proposals on CEDAW implementation, 
legal standards, and harmful attitudes remains bracketed. 
The G-77/CHINA proposed replacing EU text on countries 
enforcing gender discrimination through law with language 
on women having insufficient access to the law in many 
countries. The text remains bracketed. 

Media: In paragraph 22, on achievements, delegates agreed 
to the paragraph with JUSCANZ amendments on, inter alia, 
women's media networks contributing to global information 
dissemination. In paragraph 23, on obstacles, brackets 
remain on a reference to obscene materials and pornography. 
Delegates agreed to language on negative and/or degrading 
images of women, and to deletion of a sentence on male 
norms. There was no consensus on a reference to areas of 
journalism, or on a Holy See proposal for a list of issues, 
including poverty and illiteracy, limiting access to the 
Internet. A reference to political will and financial 
resources was dropped following opposition from some Latin 
American countries (SLAC) and others.

Environment: In paragraph 24, on achievements, delegates 
agreed on text stating that some national environmental 
policies and programmes have incorporated gender 
perspectives. Brackets remain on: a merger of JUSCANZ and 
Mexico proposals that recognizes, inter alia, the link 
between gender equality, poverty eradication and 
sustainable development; and on a JUSCANZ reference to 
traditional ecological knowledge of indigenous women. 
Delegates agreed to delete a JUSCANZ reference to women's 
traditional knowledge. In paragraph 25, on obstacles, CUBA 
suggested text on the need for addressing the root causes 
of environmental problems. SOUTH AFRICA proposed a 
reference to, inter alia, women's lack of technical skills 
impeding sustainable environmental decision-making. 
PALESTINE suggested text on foreign occupation. The 
paragraph remains bracketed.



International Actions: In agreed 120(a), delegates accepted 
JUSCANZ language on assisting governments to build 
institutional capacity for, inter alia, PFA implementation. 
ALGERIA specified assisting governments at their request. 
In 120(b), on NGOs helping to, inter alia, monitor the PFA, 
SLAC, with CHINA, advocated reference to following up 
instead of monitoring. SOUTH AFRICA and the EU supported 
follow up and monitoring. A number of delegations, 
including ALGERIA and PAKISTAN, called for relocating the 
sub-paragraph to national actions, while the EU preferred 
national and international actions. The text remains 
bracketed. In agreed 120(b) bis, on national policies, 
programmes and benchmarks for achieving a gender 
perspective, the EU added a reference to NGOs, and 
substituted gender equality for gender perspective. 
Delegates also relocated the text under national actions. 

In 120(c), delegates agreed to language on allocating 
sufficient resources to regional and national programmes 
for PFA implementation. Delegates accepted a Russian 
Federation proposed 120(d), on assisting governments in EIT 
countries to, inter alia, develop plans for women's 
empowerment. In bracketed 120(e), delegates could not agree 
on a G-77/China proposal for a database listing UN 
programmes and projects. The EU suggested placing Iraq's 
proposal for 120(e) bis, on economic sanctions, under 
national and international actions. IRAQ, IRAN, CUBA and 
ALGERIA supported the current placement. The text remains 

In JUSCANZ-proposed 121(a), on mainstreaming a gender 
perspective in the UN system, delegates disagreed on 
references to, inter alia, participation of women and UN 
reform. ALGERIA, IRAN and CHINA called for deleting the 
sub-paragraph, which remains bracketed. Delegates agreed to 
121(a) bis, on supporting national efforts, particularly in 
developing countries, for enlarged access to new 
information technology. The EU proposed, and the G-77/CHINA 
opposed, relocating the paragraph under national and 
international actions. Placement is pending. 

In JUSCANZ-proposed 121(b), on training on gender 
mainstreaming and the human rights of women for UN 
personnel, SLAC preferred text on training on a gender 
perspective and including human rights of women. The EU 
supported language on gender mainstreaming. SLAC agreed to 
JUSCANZ amendments referring to personnel receiving 
training in order to mainstream a gender perspective in 
their work. PAKISTAN and LIBYA called for deletion of the 
sub-paragraph, which remains bracketed. In 121(d), on 
analysis of links between the PFA and relevant UN 
conferences, PAKISTAN, with ALGERIA, LIBYA, PAKISTAN and 
SUDAN, called for deletion. The sub-paragraph remains 

SLAC, with others, proposed deleting 121(e), on the CSW. 
The EU suggested calling on the CSW to, inter alia, further 
develop its role. The sub-paragraph remains bracketed. In 
agreed 121(f), on development planning, delegates accepted 
wording on gender perspective as a "key" dimension of 
development. In 121(g), on CEDAW, SLAC suggested deleting a 
reference to the CEDAW Committee's comments and 
recommendations. JUSCANZ noted the language reflects a GA 
resolution. It remains bracketed.

In 122(a), on gender-sensitive responses to humanitarian 
crises, SLAC suggested assisting governments, upon request, 
to develop these responses. PAKISTAN, with IRAN, questioned 
reference to environmental degradation, and, with CUBA, 
supported language on humanitarian "emergencies." ST. KITTS 
AND NEVIS and ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA highlighted natural 
disasters. The text remains bracketed. In 122(a) bis, on 
UNHCR assistance to refugees, GUINEA suggested CHR 
language. JUSCANZ preferred a gender-specific focus. The 
text remains bracketed. 

In 122(b), on women's participation at all levels of 
decision-making in development activities and peace 
processes, SLAC preferred reference to promoting 
participation. The EU proposed language on all stages of 
design, planning and implementation. PAKISTAN added text on 
supporting and ensuring full and equal participation. LIBYA 
suggested distinguishing language on development and peace-
keeping activities, and BANGLADESH proposed, with support 
from others, splitting the sub-paragraph. Delegates agreed, 
but the text remains bracketed. In 122(c), on empowering 
women and their organizations in, inter alia, conflict 
prevention, SLAC, with CUBA, proposed deletion. The EU 
opposed. PAKISTAN, with LIBYA and CUBA, proposed deleting a 
reference to funding. JUSCANZ preferred text on 
strengthening capacity for involvement in conflict 
prevention. PAKISTAN, with LIBYA, called for replacing a 
reference to transformation with reconstruction. The text 
remains bracketed. In 122(d), on international tribunals, 
the EU preferred reference to encouraging the International 
Criminal Tribunals, and the future ICC, in, inter alia, 
fully implementing the gender-based provisions of the 
respective statutes. She opposed MEXICO's specification of 
"existing" tribunals. SLAC, with the HOLY SEE , preferred 
supporting the work of the international tribunals. ALGERIA 
and CHINA suggested deletion. The text remains bracketed.

In 123(a), on supporting women's networks working to 
eradicate violence against women, JUSCANZ suggested 
reference to strengthening activities aimed at eradication, 
including supporting women's networks. Delegates agreed on 
this formulation with amendments including text on: 
elimination instead of eradication, supporting instead of 
strengthening, and networks and organizations. Brackets 
remain on IRAN's proposal to support activities "within the 
UN system." In 123(b), delegates agreed to language on 
considering launching an international "zero tolerance" 
campaign on violence against women. They accepted a 
proposal by the EU, with others, not to specify the year 

The EU, with others, supported combining 124(a), on 50/50 
gender distribution in posts, and 124(b), on women staff, 
but amended JUSCANZ language,  inter alia, to encourage 
implementation of measures designed to achieve the goal of 
50/50 gender balance in all posts, and report thereon as 

National and International Actions: Delegates agreed to 
delete "other actors" from the chapeau to actions taken at 
the international level and place it in the chapeau to 
actions taken at the national and international level. The 
HOLY SEE bracketed the reference.    

Delegates merged 125(a), on gender-related analysis and 
statistics, and 125(c), on national statistical offices. 
They agreed to language on promoting international 
cooperation to support regional and national efforts in the 
development and use of gender-related analysis and 
statistics by, inter alia, providing national statistical 
offices, upon their request, with institutional and 
financial support. SLAC bracketed "national" in a reference 
to gender-sensitive statistical indicators. In 125(b), on 
compiling statistics, delegates agreed to: replace text on 
taking a leadership role with text on assisting countries 
upon their request; delete reference to UN statistical 
services; and place this sub-paragraph under international 
actions. Delegates agreed to place 125(d), on gender 
perspectives in policies and programmes, under national 

Delegates deleted 125(e), on an international task force 
developing consensus on common indicators on violence. Sub-
paragraphs 125(f)-(h) remain bracketed. In 125(f), on 
developing indicators on violence, the EU proposed, while 
the PHILLIPINES opposed, deleting references to migrant 
workers and issues of importance to women. In 125(g), on 
crime statistics and law trends, the EU supported text on 
transparency and awareness. CHINA, with PAKISTAN, proposed 
deletion. SLAC, PAKISTAN and ALGERIA suggested deleting 
125(h), on a statistical database on violence. The EU and 
JUSCANZ preferred reformulation. 

In 126(a), on developing national capacity to undertake 
policy-oriented research to enable knowledge-based policy-
making, the EU, CUBA and ALGERIA supported placement under 
national actions. JUSCANZ proposed, while CHINA opposed, 
deleting national capacity. The EU proposed reference to 
policy-making towards gender equality. The text remains 
bracketed. Delegates deleted 126(d), on analyses of 
measures on violence. In 126(e), on emerging trends 
creating new gender disparities, delegates adopted an EU 
reformulation on continuing research on all current trends, 
in order to provide a basis for policy action. Brackets 
remain on 127(g), on gender-sensitive development of, inter 
alia, sustainable consumption patterns, and on 127 (j), on 
eliminating the worst forms of child labor.


Working Group II will discuss Section IV at 10:00 am and 
7:00 pm. Working Group I will discuss Sections II and III 
at 3:00 pm.

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