Thursday, February 13, 2020

UN Commission on the Status of Women, March 9-20, 2020

Coming up in March is the 64th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.  On the agenda: "the review and appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcomes of the 23rd special session of the General Assembly. The review will include 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."

The United States is a member of the Commission, and the State Department will presumably be sending a delegation to the meeting.

At least year's session, the U.S.'s positions were described as "bonkers" by other delegates.  US positions included challenging the use of the word "gender," and restricting references to climate change.  Internal State Department documents obtained by Foreign Policy laid out the US strategy during that meeting to oppose expansions of rights for women and girls.

In prior years, Nikki Haley, then serving as the US Ambassador to the UN, served as the head of the delegation; with the Ambassador post open, last year's delegation was headed by acting deputy representative to the UN, Cherith Norman Chalet.  In July 2019, Ambassador Kelly Craft' was confirmed to the UN ambassador post, and will likely play a significant role during the CSW session.

Information on side events during the CSW session is available here.

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