What is Beijing + 20?
In 2013, the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) requested the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) to review and appraise implementation of the Platform for Action in 2015, in a session known as Beijing+20. The Beijing Platform for Action was adopted at the 1995 UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, and is the defining policy framework and roadmap for achieving gender equality and women's rights. Beijing+20 takes place at an historic moment when major international efforts are underway to advance human rights and development. The global community is intensifying efforts to accomplish the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by their 2015 endpoint and considering a post-2015 development agenda. These and other interconnected processes provide a once-in-a-generation opportunity to position gender equality, women's rights and women's empowerment at the heart of the global agenda.
FAWCO members had the opportunity to participate in the Beiing+20 CSW at UN Headquarters in New York, March 9 - 20, 2015 and the Beijing+20 Review Forum in Geneva, November 3 - 5, 2014.
Geneva Regional Review Forum Beijing+20
Read the full report of the NGO CSW Geneva Beijing+20 ECE Regional Review Forum and be inspired by the prominent role FAWCO members played in planning and implementing the Forum. Sara von Moos (AWC Bern), UN Liaison for FAWCO in 2014, was a Vice President of the NGO CSW Geneva's Executive Bureau and a key member of the organizing team for the Forum, and Anne Riz (AWC Bern) served as Chair of the Financing and Sponsoring Task Force. On page ii, you can see a photo of UN Rep Enid Burke, and on page 147, a photo of the FAWCO delegation. Sallie Chaballier (AAWE Paris and FAWCO Board), Paula Daeppan (AWC Zurich) and Laurie Richardson (AWA Vienna and UN Liaison) were Rapporteurs for conference roundtables. Special thanks were given to Robin Meloy Goldsby (AIWC Cologne) and her daughter Julia Goldsby, FAWCO's Youth Ambassador in 2014, for their performance of the song "Maybe It's You" written especially for the Forum's Closing Ceremony.