Draft Platform for Action
Annex I
INITIAL POSITION OF THE GROUP OF 77 (To be developed further by the Group of 77)

Beijing Declaration

We, the Governments, the women and men, participating in the Fourth World Conference on Women, gathered here in Beijing, in September 1995, on the eve of the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the United Nations,


faith in the equal rights of women and men enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, the objectives of equality, development and peace in the Nairobi Forward- looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women, the commitment made through the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women,


that equal rights, equitable sharing of responsibilities, opportunities and harmonious partnership between women and men are vital to the well-being of humanity, that sustained economic growth and sustainable development require full and equal participation of women and men as both agents and beneficiaries, that national, regional and global peace is attainable and women are a fundamental force in leadership and for the promotion of lasting peace,


to intensify efforts to achieve the goals of the Nairobi Forward-looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women by the end of this century, to take all necessary measures to eliminate all forms of discrimination against girls and women and remove all obstacles to gender equality and empowerment of women and girls, to promote and respect the human rights of women and girls, to develop and mobilize the fullest potential of girls and women of all ages to build a better world for all,

Hereby adopt and commit ourselves to implement the following Platform for Action of the Fourth World Conference on Women.

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