Asian and Pacific Conference on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment: Beijing+20 Review
In 1995, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action was adopted by the Fourth World Conference on Women, and subsequently endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1996. The Beijing Platform for Action constitutes a global framework for realising gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.
Every five years, progress in implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action is reviewed by the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). There have been three reviews to date – 2000, 2005 and 2010 – with each review resulting in a declaration that reinforces global commitment to the empowerment of women and girls and outlines priority actions for the coming five years.
The Asian and Pacific Conference on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment: Beijing +20 was convened on 17–20 November 2014 in Bangkok by ESCAP, in cooperation with UN Women. The Conference, attended by 52 UN member States and 188 civil society organisations, identified remaining gaps and priority areas for action to accelerate the implementation of the Platform for Action in the region. Additionally, the “Asian and Pacific Ministerial Declaration on Advancing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment” was adopted, by consensus. The Ministerial Declaration constitutes Asia-Pacific's input to the global review of progress in implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which will take place in 2015 at the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, followed by a recommitment to the Platform for Action at the 2015 General Assembly session.