The gathering at the NGO Forum convened by the NGO Committee on the Status of Women (NGO CSW Geneva) for the UN Economic Commission for Europe region on 4-6 November, 2014 sort to precisely answer that question of the moment. It has been twenty years since the 4th Women’s World Conference was held in Beijing in 1995 where the world governments under the auspices of the United Nations adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, in which twelve critical areas of concern were identified, and strategies agreed on how to achieve women’s empowerment and human rights and contribute to a world of development, peace and equality.
The 700 participants who gathered in Geneva for the NGO Forum represented the diversity of experiences, economies, realities and history within the UNECE region. The women came from civil society networks, women’s national and community groups, including persons with disabilities, the elderly, youth, rural and indigenous women. They gathered to claim the commitments of Beijing, to assert that the issues raised then were still as important today, and indeed that there are emerging issues and realities that must be addressed or taken into account in the world of today. This report captures the experiences that were shared in the plenary sessions and the interactive roundtables. It captures the discussions and the recommendations that shaped and formed the key recommendations and the overall outcome document of the Forum. This report does not attempt to summarise all the details, but seeks to capture the key elements.
20 IF NOT NOW, WHEN? GENEVA NGO FORUM BEIJING+20 – UNECE Regional Review – FINAL REPORT
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