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44th Session of the Commission on
the Status of Women (Beijing +5 PrepCom)
New York, 28 February - 17 March 2000

Highlights from Monday, 13 March

On Monday, Working Groups I and II convened in the morning. The contact group on addressing Section I of the proposed outcome document met briefly during the lunch break. In Working Group I, delegates resumed discussion on achievements and obstacles in the implementation of the 12 critical areas of the PFA and negotiated text contained in: paragraph 6 on achievements in the area of education and training for women; paragraph 7 and 7 bis on obstacles to education and training; and paragraph 8 on achievements in the area of women and health. In Working Group II, delegates discussed: paragraph 53 bis on disabled women and girls; paragraph 54 on monitoring progress through research, targets and other mechanisms; and paragraph 55 pertaining to the allocation of resources supporting the realization of gender equality, development and peace. (Click here for proposed outcome document (E/CN.6/2000/L.1/Rev.1)
In the Corridors: As the Working Groups maintain their one-a-day rate for clearing paragraphs, real progress continues among smaller parties of delegates huddling behind the scenes. The contact group on the Draft Political Declaration is reputedly "deal-making" on language regarding targets for ODA, and references to CEDAW and follow-up to UN conferences. Rumor has it that certain countries may be holding out on CEDAW as a last minute bargaining chip for resources.

Above: Working Group II Chair Bhattacharjee, India (right)

Patricia Flor, Germany, is the facilitator of the contact group established to clean up text discussed in Working Group II



Delegates in Working Group II after the meeting is adjourned

WomenWatch exhibit in the UN basement. Members of WomenWatch are on hand to demonstrate the UN's internet gateway on the Advancement and Empowerment of Women

Putting Gender on the UN Reform Agenda: Cases and Strategies
This event was sponsored by the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) Subgroup on Gender. In trying to engender the UN Reform process through the Common Country Assessments, UN Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAF) and indicators, the panelists looked at some myths and misconceptions that must be dispelled. It has been and continues to be a challenge for those working on gender issues in the UN system. This panel will look at some of the ways in which gender issues and gender mainstreaming are being addressed in the United Nations Reform Process, both in terms of the successes and the continued challenges. For more information, contact UNIFEM, Chair of the UNDG Sub-Group on Gender, Stephanie Urdang:212-906-6893

<<Laketch Dirasse, UNIFEM Regional Program Director, Kenya (Kenya was a UNDAF pilot country)

>>Kalyani Menon-Sen, Gender Advisor, UNDP, India (India is currently completing an UNDAF)

Aster Zaoude, Manager, Gender in Development Programme, UNDP
Participants attending the UN Reform side event

ENB Summary of CSW-43
Linkages Coverage of the Fourth World Conference on Women
Linkages Coverage of CSW-43

Secretariat web site with official documents and information for NGO participants
ENB's Background Information on CSW-44
Other links (NGOs, research institutes, etc)
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