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As the conference begins, participants are thinking ahead and considering their desired outcome. Many of the delegates' definitions of a successful conference have focused on the draft Declaration and Platform for Action, the most visible outcome of the Conference. One basic benchmark for success is agreement on a consensus document. Others are looking for specific language in the text, for example, reflecting commitments made in other relevant UN agreements. Some have focused instead on Australia's "Conference of Commitments" proposal, and will pay close attention to the Plenary statements. Still others have taken a broader perspective, and focus on the significance of the FWCW in defining the role of women in the 21st century, and the degree to which the Conference will affirm and advance the notion of equality of women.