Subject: [fem-women2000 390] Outcome Document (fwd)/翻訳希望
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According to UN Assistant Secretary-General Angela King's staff, the
negotiations ended at 5:59 am Saturday morning with an agreement on the 
Outcome Document.  The General Assembly reconvened at 3pm. 

Attached is an Associated Press story and a statement by the NGO Linkage 
Caucus on the agreement.  We will send out more details once additional 
information is available.

The final Outcome document is now available on the web at

Subject: June 10, 2000:  Associated Press:  Womens' Delegates Reach 

Date: Sat, 10 Jun 2000 11:16:38 -0400
Associated Press; June 10, 2000; Saturday 8:57 AM, Eastern Time 

HEADLINE: Womens' Delegates Reach Agreement 

Delegates from 180 countries reached agreement this morning on a new 
U.N. plan to accelerate progress toward women's equality after an 
all-night debate over abortion, sexual rights and other key issues. 

''It was absolutely worth it,'' said U.N. Assistant Secretary-General 
Angela King, a special adviser on the advancement of women. ''I feel 
that all those millions of women who are looking at us are totally 
vindicated, and they have something to grasp to assist them for their 
battles for equality.'' 

The new document reaffirms the 150-page platform for action adopted at a 
landmark 1995 U.N. women's conference and moves forward with tougher 
measures to combat domestic violence and trafficking in women, and 
tackle the impact on women of HIV/AIDS and globalization. 

But attempts to move beyond Beijing on the contentious issues of 
abortion failed and proposed references to sexual rights and sexual 
orientation were dropped from the final text by delegates meeting in 

The final text maintains language from Beijing on women's reproductive 
and sexual health. 

''I'm very happy that the dire predictions that there would be a 
rollback of Beijing have proven false,'' King said. ''Instead for all 
the world to see, we have a very strong document which not only 
reaffirms Beijing and other relevant conferences on human rights and 
social development but also moves forward.'' 

The agreement was reached shortly after 5 a.m. and delegates were told 
to return two hours later to wrap up the conference. But when they 
arrived many not having slept U.N. officials informed them that the 
General Assembly session to formally approve the document by consensus 
was delayed further because translators needed more time. 

During the night, several issues were resolved including a dispute 
between the United States and Cuba over the effect of U.S. sanctions 
against the communist island nation on Cuban women. 

The final text calls on governments to set a target date of 2005 to
eliminate the gender gap in primary and secondary education. It also 
moves ''substantially beyond Beijing in the roles men and boys can play 
to achieve gender equality,'' King said. 

Delegates also agreed on strong planks calling for prosecution of all 
forms of domestic violence, now including marital rape. The traditional 
practices of forced marriage and honor killings are addressed for the 
first time in an international consensus document, with the draft text 
calling for laws to eradicate these human rights violations. 

Many of the issues that stalled negotiations here also dominated the 
Beijing conference sexual rights, sexual orientation, abortion, sex 
education for adolescents and family values. 

After a lengthy fight in Beijing, references to sexual orientation which 
the Vatican and several Islamic and Catholic countries vehemently oppose 
were dropped from the platform. 

The term ''sexual rights'' was never included in the Beijing platform,
though it does state that women have the right to ''decide freely and
responsibly on matters related to their sexuality ... free of coercion, 
discrimination and violence.'' 

Conservative activists fear that sexual rights could be broadly 
interpreted as condoning homosexuality. 

The battle lines for the current conference known as Beijing Plus Five
mirrored those at Beijing: the Vatican and a handful of Islamic and 
Catholic countries against the West and hundreds of pro-Beijing women's 
rights activists. 

Cuba and the United States, meanwhile, clashed for days over Havana's
insistence on referring to the negative effect of U.S. sanctions, 
especially on women and girls. 

King said the dispute was settled early today when both countries agreed 
to compromise language taken from a previous U.N. conference. It notes 
that ''in some countries, advancement of women is adversely affected by 
unilateral measures not in accordance with international law ... that 
create obstacles to trade relations among states.'' 

Several organizations issued a joint statement registering 
disappointment with the final document but reaffirming their commitment 
to work for implementation of the Beijing platform. 

''We regret that there was not enough political will on the part of some 
governments and the U.N. system to agree on a stronger document with 
more concrete benchmarks, numerical goals, time-bound targets, 
indicators, and resources aimed at implementing the Beijing platform,'' 
said the statement, which was issued by the Center for Women's Global 
Leadership at Rutgers University and the Women's Environment and 
Development Organization. 

For Immediate Release
June 10, 2000


(New York, June 10, 2000)  After an all-night negotiation session, 
delegates from 180 countries reached agreement on the Outcome Document 
related to the implementation of the Platform for Action adopted in 1995 
in Beijing, China. 

The following is a statement by leaders of the Non-Governmental 
Organizations (NGOs) as issued from the Linkage Caucus, a coordinating 
group that links NGOs across the various issues and geographic regions 
of the world:


(Beijing + 5 UN General Assembly Special Session, New York, June 9-10, 

As women from around the world who have been active in the "Beijing + 5"
Review process nationally, regionally, and internationally, we re-commit 
ourselves to working for implementation of the Beijing Platform for 
Action and for the advancement of the human rights of all women.  While 
there have been positive aspects to this review process, we want to 
register our disappointment with the Outcome Document agreed to by 
governments at the United Nations today.  We appreciate the hard work 
that many have put into this process and applaud those delegations that 
have fought to defend and advance commitments to women.  However, we 
regret that there was not enough political will on the part of some 
governments and the UN system to agree on a stronger document with more 
concrete benchmarks, numerical goals, time-bound targets, indicators, 
and resources aimed at implementing the Beijing Platform.

Still, some important steps were taken. First and foremost, the 
Political Declaration reaffirms that governments have the responsibility 
to implement the Beijing Platform for Action, and thus, the platform 
remains the reference point for governmental commitment to women's 
rights in all 12 critical areas of concern.  Some of the other areas 
advanced in the document are outlined below. 

We will continue to utilize the Beijing Platform as well as other world 
conference documents and reviews in our work for women's empowerment and 
rights. We will also work to hold governments accountable to the 
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against 
Women (which 165 countries have ratified), the Universal Declaration of 
Human Rights, and all other human rights treaties and standards.  These 
instruments entail binding obligations on government signatories to 
respect, promote, protect, and fulfill the human rights of women and 
girls, many of which are elaborated in the Platform for Action.  The 
commitments contained in all these documents are universal, inalienable 
and indivisible. 

The Beijing + 5 review provided opportunity and space for public 
assessment and discussion of the critical areas of concern. As a result, 
we have been able to air important issues locally and globally.  Many 
governments have made reports on what they are doing to implement the 
platform, and women's NGOs have produced over 100 alternative reports 
engaging in public debate about what still needs to be done.  Some of 
the regional meetings for this review resulted in documents which women 
can use to advance women's rights nationally and regionally.  Even the 
obstacles that we have encountered in this review have taught us what we 
need to do to improve the current political climate in the world and to 
counter the intransigent minority who still oppose women's rights. And 
as always, women have taken this space to network and share experiences 
and strategies across cultural, racial, national and other boundaries. 

It is women's movements that have placed women's empowerment and rights 
on the world's agenda over the past 25 years.  Once more women have come 
to this review in record numbers as we did for the World Conference in 
Beijing.  And it is women who will continue to take the leadership in 
working for these goals.   We will not be turned back.  We welcome 
support and partnership with men, with governments, the United Nations 
and other institutions as we continue the struggle to realize economic 
justice and all human rights for all women in all our diversity in the 
next decade. 

Some of the issues strengthened in the Women 2000/Beijing +5 Outcome 
document are: 

A: Health

* Maternal mortality - makes it a health sector priority - Paragraph 107 
  (a) bis
* Education programs - enables men to practice safer sex - Para 107 g 
* Provides gender aspects of diseases such as malaria & TB - Para 107 a
* Affirm the goals of the International Conference on Population and 
  Development + 5
* Health Sector reform - includes impact on women's access to health 
  services - Para 115 d

B: Violence

* Honour Killings & Forced Marriage - Addresses these issues for the 
  first time in an international consensus document- Paras 103 d & 130 a
* Dowry related Violence  - Strengthened language calling on governments 
  to take comprehensive measures to eliminate it - Para 130 a
* Marital rape - Legislation and stronger mechanisms are called for to 
  address all forms of domestic violence-  Para 103 c

C: Globalization  

* Recognition of negative impacts on women & gender differences, 
  ensuring equal access to social protection - Para110a & 118k
* Equal participation of women in macro economic decision making-125 G

D. Economy

* Right to inheritance & property rights - Para 102 k
* Access to housing - Para 135 d
* Gender budgets - Para 30 & 109 a
* ILO declaration on women's rights at work - Para 127 b

E. Human Rights

* Ratify optional protocol to CEDAW - Para 102 g
* Gender related asylum  - Para 102 l
* Equality between women & men migrants - Para 132 b
* Increased recognition of specific needs & rights of indigenous women 
  103 e & g, 128h

F. Political Empowerment

* Quotas & other measures to increase women's participation in political 
  parties and parliaments - Para 117 a bis

Contact:  Charlotte Bunch, Director
Center for Women's Global Leadership
Weekend:  212-475-1895
Office: 732-932-8782

June Zeitlin, Executive Director
WEDO:  Women's Environment and Development Organization
Weekend: 718/852-4666
Office: 212/973-0325

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