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Beijing+25 and UNECE CSO Regional Forum, 28 October 2019

There will be a Beijing+25 Conference held partly in Mexico and partly in France in 2020. In addition the CSW session in March 2020 will be devoted to the review and appraisal of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcomes of the 23rd session of the General Assembly in the context of the global Beijing+25 review. National reports are now being sent to UN Women, as well as national CSO shadow reports. (See guidance note )

A regional review for the UNECE Region will be held on 29-30 October 2019 in Geneva. It will include review and appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action at the regional level and an assessment of current challenges that affect the implementation of the Platform for Action and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women and its contribution towards the full realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It will, moreover, be based on the national reports from UNECE member States. 

There will be two sub-regional meetings in June, in Bishkek for Central Asian countries and in Moldova for Eastern European countries.

A one-day Civil Society Organization (CSO) Forum will be held on 28 October. CSOs have been asked to organize themselves, in cooperation with UN Women and the UNECE Focal point. The focus, as requested by UN Women, should be on youth feminists and young women.

Linkages with other processes such as women, peace and security; sexual and reproductive health and rights; and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development were discussed during the call for the preliminary agenda for the CSO Forum. For the Beijing+20 regional forum five years ago, which was a three day event, the focus was on the 12 key areas of the Beijing Platform for Action. It was thought that the focus for this Forum, however, should relate more to key priority areas with the following participants:

  • Young feminists including influencers

  • Grassroots women’s groups including mobilizers

  • Women, peace and security groups

  • Sexual and reproductive health and rights groups

  • LGBTQI groups

  • Feminists for people with disabilities community

  • Feminists from ageing groups

  • Feminists from environmental and climate justice groups

  • Minority groups including Roma women, migrant women, homeless women etc

  • Others…

As funding from UNECE will be limited, it was agreed that other funding possibilities should be explored.

The next steps will be a call with UNECE and UN Women. A ‘save the date’ announcement will then be created after this call and further information will be posted on this website as it becomes available.