In this section of the site we provide links to recent documents, articles and reports, as well as to historical documents, in support of a 5th World Conference on Women.

More Recent Documents, Articles and Reports:


USCSW 2018 Advocating a UN 5th World Conference on Women and Parallel NGO meetings


March 2015: A Guide for NGOs and Women's Human Rights Activists at the UN and CSW


Dec. 10, 2014: More Than Just Talking by Dr. Iise Feitshans, JD

Dec. 08, 2014: CSW (59th Session) U.N. Economic and Social Council
Follow-up to the 4th World Conference on Women.

Nov. 4, 2014: ECOSOC-Statement-CSW59

Nov. 4, 2014: UN ECE 2012 Top-Down and Bottom-up: Institutional Mechanisms for the Advancement of Women Plus Feminist Movements in Civil Society Can Do Together what Neither can Accomplish Separately

March 2014 Statement: Need for a United Nations Global Conference on Women
(download PDF statement in specific languages at links below)
English | Arabic | Chinese | Spanish } Russian | French


December 10, 2012: Statement Advocating a Global Conference on Women submitted by International Public Policy Institute and Pathways to Peace, non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council

August 2, 2012: Position Paper on 5WCW

8 March 2012: Joint announcement by the President of the General Assembly and the United Nations Secretary-General on the occasion of the International Women's Day

Timeline: Advocacy for a Fifth World Conference on Women (Click for Word doc or Click for PDF)
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Convening a fifth United Nations/non-governmental organizations world conference on women and girls” submitted by the International Public Policy Institute, Pathways to Peace, the Women's Intercultural Network and the Women's World Summit Foundation, non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council.
Click below for Statement for a UN NGO 5th World Conference on Women & Girls
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Fifth Women's World Conference Concept Paper

2011 ECOSOC statement on need for a 5WCW (in English and French)

Secretary General's transcript announcing Ms. Bachelet as the Head of UN Women (9-14-10)

Establishment of UN Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment (July 2, 2010)

Report on 2009 CSW Meetings from Jean Shinoda Bolen

Form of New U.N. Women's Entity Still Nebulous by Thalif Deen

Letter from Rachel Mayanja, UN Assistant-Secretary General
re: 5WCW & Urgent Message from Mother

Oral Statement advocating 5WCW prepared for the CSW by Jean Shinoda Bolen

The Oxytocin Antidote: Why the UN Must Sponsor a 5th WCW by Jean Shinoda Bolen

Letter of support to ECOSOC from Women's Intercultural Network (WIN)

Historical Documents:

The Finnish Government and NGOs in Finland are to accelerate efforts for the Fifth World Conference on Women (2003) Resolution supporting a 5th UN World Conference on Women introduced by Finland in 2005 tabled until 2009 ECOSOC

Standing Committee of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1716 Promoting a 5th World Conference on Women (March 2006)

The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly Doc. 10643 in support of a 5th World Conference on Women (July 6, 2005)

Fifth World Conference on Women and the 2005 CSW Review of the Beijing Platform for Action Discussions by NGOs at the 47th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, March 3-14, 2003

Bejing Declaration

Bejing Report of WCW 1995

CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women), adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly, is often described as an international bill of rights for women. Consisting of a preamble and 30 articles, it defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination.

CSW Members

ECOSOC Members

Hillary Clinton's Address at Bejing 1995 

WCW Nairobi Report of the 1985 World Conference on Women

UN Resolution 1325 - Women, Peace and Security Resolution

UN Resolution 48-104 CEDAW Declaration

UN Millennium Declaration

Brief History of Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

Reforming the Gender Architecture in the UN System
(Prepared by IWRAW Asia Pacific. January 2007)

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