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CSW-44 Informals #3



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

Pamela Chasek, Ph.D. <>

Managing Director
Langston James Goree VI "Kimo" <>

Vol. 14 No. 37
Wednesday, 31 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

TUESDAY, 30 MAY 2000

On Tuesday, 30 May, Working Group II discussed Section IV in 
morning and afternoon sessions. Working Group I discussed Section 
II in the evening. The contact group facilitated by Patricia Flor 
(Germany) met in the morning and afternoon to finish a first 
reading of paragraphs on health and the family.


Environment: In paragraph 25, on obstacles, delegates agreed to a 
sentence stating that environmental policies and programmes lack a 
gender perspective and fail to account for women's roles and 
contributions to environmental sustainability. 

The Girl Child: In paragraph 26, on achievements, delegates agreed 
to text on: "some" progress made in education; creation of more 
gender-sensitive school environments; improved educational 
infrastructure; and increased enrolment and retention. JUSCANZ, 
NIGERIA, SLAC and ST. KITTS AND NEVIS supported a reference to 
support mechanisms for pregnant girls and teenage mothers. CUBA 
suggested text on "pregnancy and motherhood support mechanisms." 
LIBYA, MOROCCO and SYRIA opposed all references to pregnancy. 
LIBYA called for bracketing text on sexual and reproductive 
health. GHANA noted that this was agreed language from the ICPD. 
The HOLY SEE suggested bracketing the text pending outcomes from 
the contact group on health. Regarding language on an increasing 
number of countries introducing legislation to ban female genital 
mutilation, delegates agreed to Zambia-proposed text on imposing 
heavier penalties on those involved in sexual abuse, trafficking 
and all other forms of exploitation of the girl child, including 
for commercial ends. Delegates also agreed to new language from 
Croatia referring to the GA's adoption of the Optional Protocols 
on the Convention of the Rights of the Child on the involvement of 
children in armed conflict, and on the sale of children, child 
prostitution and child pornography.

In paragraph 27, on obstacles, JUSCANZ suggested text on the 
"worst forms" of child labour. The HOLY SEE opposed reference to 
"traditional" discriminatory attitudes. Further discussion is 
pending distribution of an EU compromise text. 


National and International Actions: In Iraq-proposed 120(e) bis, 
on taking urgent and effective measures to alleviate the negative 
impact of economic sanctions on the civilian population, 
especially women and children, JUSCANZ preferred WSSD+5 language 
on giving proper consideration to urgent and effective measures 
regarding the issue of the social and humanitarian impact of 
sanctions, in particular on women and children, with a view to 
minimizing social and humanitarian effects. No agreement was 

In G-77/China-proposed 122(b) bis, on self-determination, JUSCANZ 
noted absence of a gender element, and proposed amendments, 
including reference to obstacles which adversely affect socio-
economic development. Citing agreed language, the G-77/CHINA 
preferred no amendments. The text remains bracketed.

Sub-paragraphs 125A-J, comprising recently submitted proposals, 
were inserted before 125(a). The G-77/CHINA proposed 125A-F, and 
CUBA proposed 125 G-J. In 125A, on strengthening poverty 
eradication strategies, the EU suggested, and the G-77/CHINA 
opposed: adding reference to participatory strategies; replacing 
"impacts" with "challenges;" and inserting text on taking into 
account the role of, inter alia, civil society. JUSCANZ suggested, 
and the G-77/CHINA opposed, reference to the impacts of 
globalization. The text remains bracketed.

In 125B, on world peace, JUSCANZ proposed replacing text on 
sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of 
States and non-intervention in matters which are essentially 
within the domestic jurisdiction of any State, in compliance with 
the UN Charter. The group suggested alternative text on an 
international environment conducive to the achievement and 
maintenance of world peace, with full respect for the purposes and 
principles of the UN Charter. The EU preferred deletion or 
relocation to the introduction. The text remains bracketed.

Discussion was deferred on 125C, on external debt and debt-
servicing problems. In 125D, on new approaches to international 
development cooperation, JUSCANZ, with the EU, proposed reversing 
the order of references to gender-based inequality and poverty 
eradication and placing the text within paragraph 135. The G-
77/CHINA agreed to move the text but preferred not to change the 
order. The text remains bracketed.

Delegates agreed to merge 125E, on putting an end to commercial, 
financial and economic unilateral coercive measures, and 125F, on 
stopping use of food and medicines as a political tool. Citing 
language from 145(h) of the PFA, the EU and JUSCANZ, opposed by 
the G-77/CHINA, preferred "discouraging" to "putting an end to." 
JUSCANZ suggested "continuing to discourage." The G-77/CHINA 
suggested "taking measures to put an end." No agreement was 

JUSCANZ, SLAC and ALGERIA noted their agreement with the substance 
of 125G, on globalization, participation and decision making. 
JAMAICA advocated minor amendments. No agreement was reached.   

In 125H, on designing policies that promote and protect enjoyment 
of all human rights and fundamental freedoms in order to advance, 
inter alia, gender equality, LIBYA and others, opposed by the EU, 
preferred promoting an enabling environment to designing policies. 
ST. KITTS AND NEVIS, supported by SLAC and opposed by CUBA, 
preferred to design "and implement" policies. The paragraph 
remains bracketed.  

In 125I, on social services, the HOLY SEE proposed replacing text 
on education and universal access to available and affordable 
quality health care services and access to resources, with 
language on ensuring access to resources and universal access to 
basic social services. PAKISTAN proposed moving this text to the 
national level section, and all agreed. JUSCANZ suggested, with 
CUBA, gender-specific language on ensuring women's equal access. 
PAKISTAN added reference to an analysis from a gender perspective. 
With these amendments, the paragraph was agreed.

In 125J, on skills training to eradicate poverty, UGANDA proposed, 
with CUBA, reference to providing and supporting skills training. 
Delegates could not agree on whether placement should be under 
national actions, or national and international actions. ST. KITTS 
AND NEVIS proposed specifying that any opportunities created by 
globalization are extended to women. SRI LANKA suggested reference 
to regional and international cooperation. The text remains 

The EU proposed merging paragraphs 127(a) and 127(f), on women's 
entrepreneurship. PAKISTAN, with ALGERIA, opposed language on an 
economic and social policy framework. SLAC proposed replacing text 
on assisting women in areas such as, inter alia, international 
trade, with language on assisting women to participate in and 
benefit from, inter alia, international trade. PAKISTAN added 
reference to gender-sensitive programmes. With these amendments, 
the paragraph was agreed. 

In 128(a), on curriculum changes, delegates debated a SLAC 
reformulation. ALGERIA, with PAKISTAN, proposed deletion of a 
reference to increasing compliance with gender equality, and the 
text was agreed. 

In 128(b), on changing men's attitudes, delegates amended a SLAC 
formulation to refer to developing policies and implementing 
programmes. ALGERIA specified "stereotypical" attitudes and 
behaviors and, with IRAN, called for deletion of a reference to 
responsible and respectful sexual behavior. With these amendments, 
delegates agreed to the text, and to relocation under national 

In 128 (c), the EU and NAMIBIA supported JUSCANZ language on 
promoting participation of young women in youth networks. JUSCANZ 
proposed replacing "networks" with "organizations," and specified 
dialogue between and among developed and developing countries. The 
text remains bracketed.

In 128 (d), on education for girls, adolescents and young women, 
delegates agreed to SLAC's proposal to merge the text with 128 
(m). SLAC also proposed relocation under national actions. The EU 
called for adding references to promoting education and to 
mentoring programmes. PAKISTAN proposed, while SLAC opposed, 
specifying support for national efforts. PAKISTAN, with LIBYA and 
the HOLY SEE, also suggested deleting text on acquiring knowledge, 
developing self-esteem and taking responsibility and control over 
their own lives. BANGLADESH suggested reference to develop, inter 
alia, self-esteem skills. JUSCANZ, with the EU, proposed replacing 
"control over" with "making decisions for." The text remains 

In 128(e), on combating traditional stereotypes, delegates 
accepted JUSCANZ amendments referring to the elimination of 
"harmful" stereotypes. Placement is pending. Delegates agreed to 
delete 128(f), on public goods and services. In 128(h), on 
educational and training programmes developed with the full 
participation of indigenous women, SLAC suggested changing a 
reference from "informal" to "non-formal" education. The EU 
proposed deleting references to spirituality and aspirations. 
Delegates agreed to discuss this paragraph later when streamlining 
paragraphs on indigenous issues.

In 128(i), on adult women's literacy, the EU suggested agreed 
language from the Dakar Plan of Action on achieving a 50% 
improvement in levels of adult literacy by 2015, especially for 
women, and equitable access to basic and continuing education for 
all adults. PAKISTAN, with ALGERIA and LIBYA, suggested text 
stating "support and strengthen national adult literacy 
programmes." The EU suggested "continue to support and 
strengthen." The EU, JUSCANZ, and SLAC opposed reference to 
"national" programmes. The text remains bracketed. 

In 128(j), on enrolment, delegates debated SLAC text on continuing 
to examine and design programmes to address, inter alia, causes 
for declining enrolment, and the consequences of this phenomenon. 
The HOLY SEE specified enrolment rates and preferred increase in 
drop-out rates to dropping out. The EU, supported by others, 
advocated text on international education targets set by relevant 
international conferences. ALGERIA preferred reference to 
strengthening international cooperation. The text remains 

Delegates agreed to deletion of 128(k), on illiteracy. In EU-
proposed 128(l), on equal opportunities for women and girls in 
cultural, recreational and sports activities at all levels, 
including, inter alia, at national and international levels, IRAN, 
with others, opposed "at all levels." The PHILIPPINES proposed 
reference to regional levels. Accepting these proposals, delegates 
agreed on the sub-paragraph. Delegates agreed to delete 128(n), on 
non-violent conflict resolution. 

In 129(a), on involvement of women in decision making at all 
levels, the EU supported a SLAC reformulation encouraging and 
elaborating such involvement, but called for reference to 
achieving gender balance in the appointment of women. No agreement 
was reached.  


As of Tuesday afternoon, the contact group led by Patricia Flor 
(Germany) had concluded a first reading of all paragraphs on 
health and family. The group reported steady progress on some of 
the less difficult issues, including text on data and research, 
maternal mortality, universal access to health care throughout the 
lifecycle, measures to ensure the privacy of those with HIV/AIDS, 
tobacco and nutrition. A second reading of outstanding paragraphs 
will begin on Wednesday, 31 May.


In the fifth week of Beijing+5 intersessionals, political will, 
resources, national sovereignty, human rights and other 
contentious issues continue to dog attempts to unbracket vast 
swathes of the outcomes document. One delegate said the process 
reminds her of giving birth. If these are the labor pains, the 
baby must be imminent-perhaps during the newly scheduled early 
morning hours. Yesterday delegates began streaming in from the 
capitals to offer fresh perspectives. Next up: the 3,000 NGOs 
accredited to the Special Session. They are sure to freely 
volunteer their own views on brackets, as those who remember 
Beijing can well attest. 


Working Group I will discuss Sections II and III at 10:00 am in 
Conference Room 1. Working Group II will debate Section IV at 3:00 
pm, 7:00 pm, and in a special late-night session from 10:00 pm to 
1:00 am in Conference Room 1. The contact group facilitated by 
Patricia Flor will resume discussions at 10:00 am in Conference 
Room 10. The contact group on trafficking will meet at 2:00 pm in 
the annex to Conference Room 1.

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