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Women’s empowerment and sustainable development

Women, inequality, climate change, gender quotas and the fight against genital mutilation are just some of the issues under discussion from today until 24th March in New York, at the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60) dedicated to the priority theme of “women’s empowerment and sustainable development”.

The aim is to assess the progress achieved in implementing the conclusions agreed at the 57th session in 2013 on the “elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls”. The Italian delegation will be led by Emma Bonino, Special Envoy to the CSW60, on 14th-16th March, and Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs Benedetto Della Vedova, on 17th-18th March.

The CSW is a functional commission of the Economic and Social Committee of the United Nations (ECOSOC), which was set up in 1946 to draw up recommendations for the promotion of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of women.

Scheduled for the first week are a series of ministerial level events, with the second week being dedicated to technical negotiations on the final documents. Expected this year are the adoption of the agreed conclusions on the priority theme, a resolution on the Commission’s work plan for the next three years, and three resolutions on the rights of Palestinians, women captured in conflicts and those affected by HIV/AIDS.

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