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The 64th session of the United Nations Women's Rights Commission


The 64th session of the Women's Rights Commission (CSW) will be severely restricted due to the coronavirus. A purely procedural meeting will only take place on Monday, March 9th, from 10 a.m., in the presence of the New York UN missions.This will be broadcast live on UN Web TV.In addition to the opening speeches, the draft political declaration and any further resolutions will be adopted. All planned plenary sessions and "side events" in the UN building have been canceled. The NGOs of the CSW have also canceled the parallel events.

Here you can find the video message from the chairman of the 64th meeting.

date and location
: March 9-20, 2020 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

Participation: Representatives of the members of the Commission, the member states, UN units and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) accredited by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) from all over the world are invited to attend the meeting.

Procedure: In 2020, as in most years, there will not be an agreed conclusions that will be negotiated in advance and on site by the member states. There will be a political declaration agreed in advance. You can find the first draft (Zero Draft) here.

program: The list of parallel events and the list of side events are now online.

Theme: "Beijing + 25: Realizing gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls". It is about the implementation status of those adopted 25 years ago Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

The Economic and Social Council (via UN Women) asked all states to prepare a progress report by May 2019 based on a catalog of questions. The review includes an assessment of new challenges that stand in the way of the implementation of the Platform for Action and the empowerment of women as part of the full achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The five regional commissions of the United Nations have been charged with carrying out the respective regional reviews. The government reports were evaluated at regional conferences in October and November 2019 together with the alternative reports from civil society and presented to the FRK as an overall report (PDF, 1.87 MB).

The summary of 46 review reports from the UNECE region can be found here, the report from the German government here.

The results of the CSW64 will be incorporated into the Generation Equality Forum, which will be held on August 7th-8th. May 2020 in Mexico and from 07-10. July 2020 in Paris. So-called "Action Coalitions" and their plans (including their financing 2020-2025) will be presented - global, innovative associations of various stakeholders. The results will be presented at the High Level Meeting of the UN General Assembly on September 23, 2020.
You can find more information on Generation Equality here.

A look behind the scenes of the FRK

We have also tried in previous years to make the procedure and processes at the FRK a little more accessible. We therefore invite you to take a look at the reports from 2019 and 2018.

Collection of the access passes

Participants must show a printout of the e-mail confirming their registration (e-mail subject: "CSW64 confirmation letter") as well as their ID when registering in order to receive a "UN grounds pass". The UN Pass & ID office is at 320 East 45th Street (between First and Second Avenues), outside of the UN premises.
It is advisable to collect your ID on the weekend before the start of the session, as the queues on Monday and Tuesday are usually very long.
Times when the passes can be picked up:

Prior to the session

Friday, March 6th: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday, March 7th: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m
Sunday, March 8th: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

First week

Monday, March 9: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday, March 10: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday, March 11th: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday, March 12th: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday, March 13: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Useful information on current events:

Secretariat of the Women's Rights Commission

The Commission's secretariat plays a central role in ensuring that the meeting is fully prepared and successful. Members of the “Bureau” work for 2 years each. The secretariat for CSW64 consists of the following representatives from the regional groups:

  • S.E. Mr. Mher Margaryan (Armenia), Chair (Western European and other States Group)
  • Mr. Mohammed S. Marzooq (Iraq), Vice-Chair (Asia-Pacific States Group)
  • Ms. Jo Feldman (Australia), Vice-Chair (Western European and other States Group)
  • Ms. Nora Bellout (Algeria), Vice-Chair designate (African States Group)
  • Ms. Devita Abraham (Trinidad and Tobago), Vice-Chair designate (Latin American and Caribbean States Group)

In preparation for the 64th session, UN Women organized from 25-26 September 2019 an "Expert Group Meeting". We will link the report including the recommendations of the expert group as soon as it is available to us. The following publications are recommended for reading into the topic:

Further Treatises by the experts and assessors can be found at UN Women.

NGO CSW / NY: Orientation video series

Every Friday through January there is an orientation video on various aspects; the first video provides information on visa processes, for example.

March 8th, 2020, 9 am-3.30pm, Consultation Day NGO CSW / NY (Apollo Theater, Harlem)

The paid event (100 USD) is intended to prepare the participants for the FRK and the priority topic, offers entertainment and opportunities for networking. Tickets and further information at NGO CSW.

09.03-11.03.20, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Conversation Circles Space

Participants are invited to the auditorium of the Armenian Convention Center to participate in discussions as well as contribute to civil society priorities in Beijing +25 by subscribing to the Feminist and Women's Movement Action Plan (fwMAP) & Action Coalitions (fwMAC ) participate. The preliminary program can be found here.

March 10, 2020, 6-8 p.m. NGO CSW Reception (New Yorker Hotel)

The paid event (85 USD) aims to connect women's rights activists from all over the world. Tickets and further information at NGO CSW.

March 12th, 2020, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Artisan Fair (Armenian Convention Center Ballroom)

The NGO CSW Forum Artisan Fair is a place where craftsmen from all over the world can sell their goods to the participants in the forum. The craft fair is open to the public and the proceeds go directly to the craftspeople who collect money for their NGOs. More information here.

Side and parallel events UN Women Germany

March 13, 2020, 2.30 p.m .: The Women's Peace Accord. GAZA 1325 Summit 2020

Canaan Project with UN Women Germany
place: Church Center for the United Nations

March 13th, 2020, 2.30 p.m .: From Beijing 1995 to Generation Equality 2020: Building a Gender Just Society Through Intergenerational Solidarity

Fondation Europpéenne d'Études Progressistes with UN Women Germany, Foundation Jean Jaures, PES Women, L'Assemblée des Femmes
place: Green Room, 4 W 43rd Street

03/10/2020, 11:30 am -12: 45 pm: Women's meaningful participation builds peace: Lessons learned from 20 years Women, Peace and Security agenda

Side event of UN Women Germany, Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Nations (New York) and Federal Ministry for Family, Seniors, Women and Youth
place: Conf Room 8

Beijing + 25 Youth Task Force events

German civil society events (as submitted)

March 11th, 2020, 11 a.m.-12: 30 p.m .:Fair Pay Global Forum 2020 (Fair Pay Innovation Lab)
Location: SAP Office, 10 Hudson Yards, Designers Space - 48th floor in the Leonardo Center, New York
The global wage gap is 23 percent and no country has yet been able to close it completely. Fair pay has become an indispensable part of the public agenda, both nationally and internationally. The Fair Pay Innovation Lab invites experts, entrepreneurs, active and interested parties to discuss how the wage gap can be closed high above the rooftops of New York.
In cooperation with SAP Next Generation.Registration.

March 11th, 2020, 4.30pm-6.30pm: Fair Pay Political Roundtable (Fair Pay Innovation Lab)
Place: Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Nations, 871 United Nations Plaza, New York
In which countries are there legal regulations to ensure fair pay? How do these legal measures work? And how can these be used in the event of a dispute in court? These questions are discussed in the Fair Pay Political Roundtable with representatives from politics and civil society as well as plaintiffs.
In collaboration with PES Women, Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and Fondation Jean-Jaures.Event takes place under Chatham HouseRules instead of.Limited number of participants. A.notification.

March 12, 2020, 1:15 - 2:45 pm: Women in the Digital Economy.The Case for a Gender Equal Future of Work, Digital Entrepreneurship and New Finance (German Women's Council)
Location: Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Nations in New York, 871 United Nations Plaza 10017 New York, NY (22nd floor)

February 19, 2020: Dialogue forum in preparation for the 64th session of the Women's Rights Commission

When? Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where? Foreign Office, Werderscher Markt 1, 10117 Berlin
UN Women Germany and the German Women's Council present the process of the 64th session of the FRK and beyond. We network the participants from government and civil society and ask them to present their activities in this regard. Further information about the event can be found here, please register by February 13, 2020 using this form to participate.

October 16, 2019: Dialogue forum in preparation for the 64th session of the Women's Rights Commission

UN Women Germany organized the preparation of the # CSW64 with the German Women's Council as well as in and with the BMFSFJ in Berlin, which next year will be under the motto "Beijing + 25", since the World Women’s Conference in Beijing took place a quarter of a century ago and again Inventory of progress and regression is pending. Together we worked out requirements and fed them into the international processes. More information can be found here.

Until February 14th, 2020: Oral statements

Applications from NGOs registered with the Economic and Social Council are possible until February 14, 2020. More information can be found at UN Women.

Until January 27th, 2020: Online registration for the CSW64

NGOs with consultative status with the Economic and Social Council have been invited to register for the 64th session on the United Nations Indico registration system. If your organization does not have consultative status, but you want to take part in the FRK at your own expense, please contact us: info (at) We can register a maximum of 20 people.

Until December 2nd, 2019: Nominations for the Women of Distinction Award

Each year, the “Women of Distinction Award” honors a woman for her leadership role in the fight for gender equality, human rights and the empowerment of women. This year 5 women will be honored. You can find more information about this and how you can nominate someone here.

Update: The five winners areAnjum Sultana (Canada), Intersectional feminist, researcher in health, writer; Dana Bou Ayache (Lebanon), Artist, poet, LGBTQ + activist;Dwi Ariyani (Indonesia), Disability rights activist; Passy Mubalama (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Women in politics and gender-based violence activist; Tarcila Rivera Zia (Peru), Indigenous rights activist.

Until November 15, 2019: Registrations for parallel events

Any global NGO can apply to host a parallel event as long as their proposed event is relevant to the CSW64 theme. The organization does not have to be accredited by ECOSOC or have UN Special Consultative Status. Further information, FAQs and application options at NGO CSW / NY.

The parallel events of the NGO CSW64 take place outside the headquarters of the United Nations:

  • Church Center of the United Nations | 777 UN Plaza | New York, NY 10017
  • Salvation Army | 221 E 52nd Street | New York, NY 10022
  • The Armenian Convention Center | 640 2nd Avenue | New York, NY 10016
  • 4 W 43rd | 4 W 43rd Street | New York, NY 10036

Until November 1st, 2019: Expression of interest: Participation in the German government delegation

In addition to the independent participants in the FRK, representatives of civil society have been taking part in the cross-departmental German government delegation for several years. The participants advise the government delegation, participate independently and in a coordinated manner in events taking place within the framework of the FRK as well as regular exchanges with government representatives. They represent German civil society and enable a broader awareness of the FRK. Preparation and follow-up as well as the information and involvement of those who could not take part in the FRK in their own organization and, if possible, beyond their own organization is also a matter of concern.

Admission to the government delegation does not entail any financial support for participation or for the creation of a program or similar measures. Participation in informal negotiations between government representatives and EU coordination meetings are also excluded. Statements on behalf of the federal government are not possible. Confidential content of the delegation work is subject to an obligation of confidentiality. Own event formats, independent event selection, etc. do not prevent the delegation from taking part.

Delegation cards will be provided to the participants if they are formally unobjectionable. These authorize access to the designated premises of the United Nations or associated buildings and events within the framework of the applicable regulations. The house ID also provided entitles you to access the Permanent Representation of Germany to the United Nations in New York. The validity of both passes is limited in time. The applicable rules of the issuing authority apply and instructions must be followed accordingly.

The BMFSFJ asks those interested in participating in the 2020 government delegation to contact us by email by November 1st, 2019. The number of participants is limited. A selection of the participants will then be made at the BMFSFJ in consultation with the management.

Contact in the BMFSFJ: Unit 404 for European and international gender equality policy, stefanie.friedrich (at)

Criteria for admission to the German government delegation of the FRK:

The BMFSFJ welcomes the steadily growing interest in participating in the FRK. In order to continue to ensure a balanced staffing for the limited number of places in the German delegation, the following criteria are taken into account in the selection:

1. The breadth of the organization's claim to representation, e.g. by umbrella organizations
2. Thematic reference to the work of the organization depending on the main annual topic of the FRK meeting
3. Existence of concepts / possibilities for information and further use of the results and contacts gained during the FRK, e.g. existence of working groups, newsletters, mentor formats in the organization
4. Opportunities to participate in the preparation and follow-up of the meetings or in delegation meetings before, during (daily) or after the meeting
5. If applicable, accreditation with ECOSOC or a place on the list with an accredited association
6. Very good knowledge of English
7. Costs must be borne by yourself, participation in the delegation does not entail assumption of costs.
8. Attention should also be paid to the age-mixed composition of the delegation.

You are asked to name the planned representatives, as well as brief information on the main focus in the area of ​​gender equality policy and, if necessary, information on special planning of your organization for FRK (planning of side events, panel participation, etc.).

Please make sure that your expression of interest does not exceed a maximum of 300 words.

By October 17, 2019: Submission of written comments

NGOs with consultative status at ECOSOC can submit a written statement.
Here you will find the statement by the representatives of civil society, which was uploaded by UN Women Germany to the ECOSOC Civil Society Network on October 17, 2019. It is based on a draft by UN Women Germany and the German Women's Council, which was discussed and adopted at the preparatory meeting on October 16, 2019.

Until October 7th, 2019: Feminist art for #GenerationEquality wanted

Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF), together with UN Women, was looking for artists to exhibit their feminist art on #GenerationEquality at the regional civil society forum in Geneva (October 28, 2019).