Wednesday, January 16, 2013

UN briefing on CSW57

A briefing on the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 57), 4 – 15 March 2013, was held at the UN on Monday 17 December 2012.

The Permanent Representative of Liberia to the United Nations and Chair of CSW 57 H.E. Ms. Marjon V. Kamara (see photo) outlined the meetings of the Session, which will begin with an Introductory Statement, followed by the General Discussion on the topic of the Priority theme of the “Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.” These meetings will be held in the mornings (Monday – Thursday).

During the afternoons there will be inter-active dialogues including the High Level Roundtable and two Expert Panels on Prevention of Violence against Women and Girls and Multi-sectoral Responses. There will also be two Expert meetings on the Review Theme -- The equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men, including caregiving in the context of HIV/AIDS.

Agreed Conclusions
The work on the Agreed Conclusions will begin two days in advance of the opening of the Commission meeting. The draft will be prepared by the Bureau well in advance and a meeting will be held to present the draft in mid-February, when a more detailed time line for the process should be available. They will be negotiated on Thursday 7 March after the General Debate, Friday 8 March after the International Women’s Day event and then during the following week.

Two reports will be prepared by the UN Secretary-General – one on prevention and one on a multi-sectoral response. Eight UN agencies have contributed to the process. These reports are being drafted now.

For details of the programme of work for CSW 57 see:
Please note that the Chairperson and members of the Bureau remain the same as those for CSW 56.



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