IWTC Women's GlobalNet #290
Activities and Initiatives of Women Worldwide
December 17, 2005
by Mavic Cabrera-Balleza
WOMEN PLAN FOR THE 50th SESSION OF THE UN COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN, FEBRUARY 27-MARCH 10, 2006
Coming after a year of major meetings, including the 10-year review of the Beijing Platform for Action, the World Summit on the Millennium Development Goals, the World Summit on the Information Society and the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) International Forum in Bangkok, the 2006 CSW session will offer time and space to discuss how the outcomes of these major meetings link together in terms of policy and the shaping of the women's agenda for the next five years. It should prove to be an important “map-making” meeting for women working to put in place gender sensitive policies in key sectors locally, nationally and internationally.
IMPORTANT! You must register with the UN Division for the Advancement of Women (UN/DAW) by December 30, 2005 if you are planning to come to the 50th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 2006 to be held in New York from February 27 to March 10, 2006,
REGISTRATION: With the registration deadline fast approaching, you need to check that your organization is both eligible for registration and has registered. NGOs accredited to, and in good standing with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) are eligible to attend the CSW Session. UN/DAW sent letters of invitation to eligible NGOs in September 2005. The invitation letters contain your organization's ID and password for registering online. NGOs who do not have ECOSOC status can attend NGO events held parallel to the CSW Session but cannot attend meetings held at the UN.
If you do not have Internet access, registration and substitutions of names of representatives can be submitted to: CSW50 NGO Registration, Division for the Advancement of Women, 2 UN Plaza, Room DC2-1282D, New York, NY 10017, USA. Fax: + (1-917)-367-0587.
CSW 2006 THEMES: The major plenaries and deliberations during the 50th CSW session will focus on two themes: 1) Enhanced participation of women in development: an enabling environment for achieving gender equality and the advancement of women, taking into account, inter alia, the fields of education, health and work. 2) Equal participation of women and men in decision-making processes at all levels.
Any queries about NGO-organized parallel events should be sent to: Ms.
NOTE: NGOs who are not ECOSOC accredited and who wish to organize events outside of the UN and CCUN should contact the NGO-CSW if they would like to have their event included in a calendar being produced. Please send your information as soon as possibleto ensure that it is included.
NGO EVENTS PLANNED BY THE NGO-CSW FOR CSW 2006.
NGO Consultation, Sunday, February 26, 2006: The NGO-CSW, in addition to its work with UN/DAW to coordinate the parallel events for the CSW, will host a series of events beginning with a one-day consultation on Sunday, February 26th, immediately before the opening of the CSW Session. The Consultation offers women's groups and other civil society organizations a preview of key issues that will be discussed in the CSW Session. Here are the details for the NGO Consultation: DATE: Sunday, February 26, 2006. TIME: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m: VENUE: New York University Medical School. FEE: US$50.00. The registration fee also covers lunch and tea.
NGO Orientation, Monday February 27, 2006: For NGOs attending the UN/CSW session for the first time, the NGO-CSW is organizing a two-hour introduction on what to expect during the two-week deliberations. This will include the agenda, lobbying and advocacy tips, tips on getting around the UN, and other practical information for first-timers. Here are the details for the NGO Orientation: DATE: Monday, February 27,
NGO Reception, Wednesday, March 1, 2006: Each year, the NGO-CSW honors women who have significantly contributed to advancing gender issues in the UN processes and spaces. At CSW 2006, details of the NGO reception to honor these women are as follows: DATE: Wednesday, March 1, 2006:
NGO Workshop on Violence Against Women, Saturday, March 4, 2006: TIME:
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