Update on Beijing+25 and the Generation Equality Forum


(Source UN women – 8 July 2019)

As you know,  2020 will be a critical year for the gender equality and women’s rights agenda, marking not only the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action but also the 20th anniversary of UN Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security; the 5-year milestone of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs; the 10th anniversary of the creation of UN Women – all this in the context of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations.

We must take full advantage of these milestones to drive accelerated action and progress for women and girls.  And UN Women is committed to ensuring civil society is at the forefront of this work.

 Intergovernmental process and outcomes

National reviews are well under way, based on the guidance note that had been developed by UN Women in collaboration with the regional commissions last year. So far, we have approximately 100 reports submitted. These reports will inform the regional syntheses prepared by the Regional Commissions ahead of regional meetings later this year. They will also feed into a global synthesis report of the Secretary-General, prepared by UN Women, which will form the basis of deliberations at CSW 64 in March 2020. It is expected that the CSW will adopt a short, action-oriented Political Declaration.

In addition, the General Assembly has decided to hold a High-Level Meeting on Beijing+25 during the UNGA high-level week in September 2020. Member States are currently discussing modalities for the meeting, under the leadership of the Permanent Representatives of Qatar and New Zealand.

More information on the intergovernmental process can be found on this page.

 Engagement of civil society and other stakeholders

As noted above, the active engagement of civil society and other stakeholders is a critical component of our efforts for Beijing+25. The guidance note for national reviews highlighted the importance of participatory reviews, which include multiple stakeholders. Further,  all regional intergovernmental meetings will be preceded by a preparatory multi-stakeholder meeting to capture the voices of civil society. The Civil Society Division at UN Women, working in partnership with our regional offices, is providing technical and financial support for the preparatory meetings.

The engagement of civil society and other stakeholders will be further highlighted in the Generation Equality Forum, convened by UN Women and co-chaired by France and Mexico, with the leadership and partnership of civil society. Building on the Beijing+25 national and regional reviews and CSW64, the Forum will kick-off in Mexico in May 2020  (7th-8th May, likely) and culminate in Paris on 7th-10th July 2020.

The Forum is envisaged as a global public conversation for urgent action and accountability for gender equality.  It will celebrate the power of activism, feminist solidarity and youth leadership to achieve transformative change. At a moment when the pushback on multilateralism and women’s rights is strong, the unique democratic and multi-stakeholder approach of the Forum will be a necessary counter response. This new model for accelerating the achievement of agreed goals on women’s rights and gender equality, through its outcomes –  the setting up of Action Coalitions – results oriented hybrid partnerships among civil society, business, member states and other stakeholders (parliamentarians, mayors, trade unions etc.), is needed at a time  when many of the existing models are vulnerable to the current backlash against women’s rights in some contexts, and to the way that multilateral forums are subject to the changing political preferences of their members.

On 27-28 June, UN Women convened France, Mexico and some members of civil society in the first planning meeting for the Generation Equality Forum. We had an excellent workshop and arrived at a common understanding of the vision, outcome, format of the Forum; its legacy; its governance structures; workstreams, timelines and next steps. More information on that can be found in the attached presentation. One of the crucial next steps is to identify the ways civil society can engage with the planning and execution of the forum. As such, we have proposed the following structures where civil society will be involved:

  • Core Group (decision making) – 4 members comprising 1 each from UN Women, France, Mexico and Civil Society. Civil Society to designate 1 member from the Civil Society Advisory Group (see below) who may rotate.
  • Civil Society Advisory Group to the Core Group (supporting Core Group decision making) – 10-15 civil society members representing regional (and thematic) diversity.  This structure to be established by August 2019; membership of this group will be determined by civil society through a consultative process. The advisory group will nominate one representative to the Core Group (above). We have requested NGO -CSW New York to convene all our civil society partners (including youth partners) to consult with each other and agree on the membership of this group.
  • Multi-stakeholder Steering Group (supporting design, planning and implementation) – approx. 25-30 members comprising  civil society, Member States, private sector and  other stakeholders who are contributing to the Forum and its outcomes. To be established by end-August 2019. This structure will be established by the Core Group in consultation with partners.

UN Women will continue to update civil society, through focal point emails and also  through periodically scheduled webinars, on the status of the Forum, to ensure wide reach and participation.

Keep checking this webisite for more information.

(Source UN women – 8 July 2019)




NGO Guidelines for Parallel Reports Beijing + 25 Released

I’m happy to share the final version of the NGO Guidelines for Parallel Reports for Beijing +25. Please share widely. Comments welcome.


In preparation for Beijing + 25 in 2020, NGOs and civil society stakeholders must have their own independent process to report on progress made, challenges and recommendations. The purpose of these NGO Guidelines for Parallel Reports is to provide a common template for NGOs to use for country (city or state) reports. NGOs should adapt it to suit their local contexts and feel free to change it as needed.  Although many questions are drawn from UN Women’s official Guidelines for governments, these are adapted to reflect NGO and civil society perspectives.

The drafting team included International Women’s Rights Action Watch—Asia and Pacific, Ivy Koek, Susan O’Malley, Sachini Perera, Jessica Pierson, Jenny Prisk, Saphira Ramashfar, Bandana Rana and Soon-Young Yoon. Thank you to Eleanor Blomstrom and Nurgul Djanaeva for adding training expertise. Consultations with NGOs, including the Center for Women’s Global Leadership were held. We are grateful to UN Women for its cooperation, although the contents are solely our responsibility.

Download the PDF here

NGO CSW63 Forum Updates – Collecting your UN grounds pass

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Because of the high number of registrations for CSW63, we will be open for UN grounds pass pick-up starting on Friday before the session begins and have extended the registration hours over the weekend and during the first days. Please be aware of the important information below.

Collection of United Nations grounds passes takes place in the UN Pass & ID office which is located at 320 East 45th street (between First and Second Avenue), outside of UN premises.

We strongly recommend that participants take advantage of the extended on-site registration period prior to the opening day of the session. Those who are unable to do this should expect that there will be long lines and an extended wait on Monday, 11 March and Tuesday, 12 March mornings.

Grounds passes collection hours

Prior to the session
Friday, 8 March: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday, 9 March: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, 10 March: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

First week
Monday, 11 March: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday, 12 March: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday, 13 March: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday, 14 March: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday, 15 March: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Second week
Monday, 18 March: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuesday, 19 March: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesday, 20 March: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday, 21 March: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday, 22 March: 9 a.m. – 12 noon

Obtaining United Nations grounds passes*
Kindly have your printed CSW63 confirmation email and passport issued by a Member State or an Observer State of the United Nations (or government-issued photo ID if coming from within the U.S.) ready before entering the UN Pass & ID office located at 320 East 45th street. Without these documents, you will not be able to obtain your United Nations grounds pass for CSW63!

Each representative should have received a CSW63 confirmation email when her/his CSW63 registration was approved by the Conference Focal Point of the organization.

The title of the email reads “63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) confirmation letter”. Please see a sample here:

If you have not received your CSW63 confirmation email in your email inbox, please check your SPAM/junk email folder. Alternatively, you can view and print your confirmation email on your Indico account. For step-by-step instructions of how to view and print your confirmation email, go to:

If you cannot locate your CSW63 confirmation email, please contact csw@unwomen.org as soon as possible. A printed copy of the CSW63 confirmation email is required to collect your grounds pass. There is no printing on-site! Electronic versions (e.g. on a phone or computer) will not be accepted. Please make sure you have the contact information of your organization’s Conference Focal Point at hand if needed.

Enter the UN Pass & ID office at 320 East 45th street (between First and Second Avenue). At peak hours, please expect lines; please dress warmly as New York can be quite cold and rainy in March. Take water and a snack with you if you line up at peak times (Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 March). Should you have special needs (e.g., disability, pregnancy, medical condition), please let the Officer or CSW staff member at the entrance know.

Kindly note that luggage or suitcases will not be allowed in the UN Pass & ID office and on UN premises.

Show your documents to a CSW staff member who will direct you to the badging stations where you be will be photographed for your grounds pass.
Be sure to bring with you an official photo ID (passport issued by a Member State or an Observer State of the United Nations if you are travelling from abroad!)

Once you have received your UN grounds pass for CSW63, exit the Pass & ID office and proceed to the main UN entrance at First Avenue and 46th street to access the UN premises.

*) PLEASE NOTE! NGOs with valid annual UN grounds passes (ECOSOC) will use these for the session and do not need to get in line for a CSW63 grounds pass at the UN Pass & ID office.

Please be reminded that the United Nations will not make arrangements or pay for any costs in connection with travel, visa or accommodation. Such arrangements and costs are the exclusive responsibility of participants. The United Nations does not charge any fees for participation in the Commission on the Status of Women sessions.

For more information on CSW63, please see:


For more information on NGO participation, please see: http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/ngo-participation

We encourage you to follow CSW on Twitter and Facebook for updates:
https://twitter.com/UN_CSW and https://facebook.com/UNCSW

Join the Twitter conversation using #CSW63 to share information about your own events!

NGO CSW63 Forum Updates – Register now to attend the Regional Caucus!

Register now to attend the Regional Caucus!

Come together with other women’s rights advocates in your region to discuss how you can have a greater voice within the conversation of women’s empowerment!

Among the topics to discuss are our plans for Beijing+25 and possible interventions into the Draft Agreed Conclusions on Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

There are Five Regional Caucuses: Africa, Arab/MENA, Asia Pacific, Europe/North America and Latin America/Caribbean.

The caucuses will be held at the Ford Foundation (320 E. 43rd St.).

This event is free, but space is limited, so please register.


Schedule of Regional Caucuses below.

  • Civil Society Networking on Social Protection: Wednesday, 13 March: 4:30pm to 6:00pm
  • Latin America/Caribbean: Thursday, 14 March 2019: 9:00am to 10:30am
  • Europe/North America: Thursday, 14 March 2019: 10:45am to 12:15pm
  • Africa: Thursday, 14 March 2019: 12:30pm to 2:00pm
  • Asia/Pacific: Thursday, 14 March 2019: 2:15pm to 3:45pm
  • Arab/MENA: Thursday, 14 March 2019: 4:00pm to 5:30pm
  • Africa: Tuesday, 19 March 2019: 9:00am to 10:30am
  • Asia/Pacific: Tuesday, 19 March 2019: 10:45am to 12:15pm
  • Latin America/Caribbean: Tuesday, 19 March 2019: 12:30pm to 2:00pm
  • Arab/MENA: Tuesday, 19 March 2019: 2:15pm to 3:45pm
  • Europe/North America: Tuesday, 19 March 2019: 4:00pm to 5:30pm