In regard to the latest announcement made by the CSW64 Chair on 2 March 2020, the annual IPU-UN Women Parliamentary Meeting scheduled for 11 March 2020 at the UN Headquarters in New York is cancelled as well as the two related side events on online harassment and on women in politics that were to be held on 10 and 12 March respectively.
Trusteeship Council Room, United Nations, 10 a.m. to 5.45 p.m.
The Parliamentary Meeting at the 64th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, hosted by the IPU and UN Women, will contribute to the Commission’s main theme, Beijing+25: Realizing gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.
The theme of the Parliamentary Meeting is Beijing +25: Parliaments accelerating action to achieve gender equality for all women and girls. 2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. It also marks the first five-year milestone of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Security Council resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.
The event will focus on how these milestones provide momentum to accelerate progress towards achieving gender equality and fulfilling the rights and empowerment of women and girls. Parliaments play a key role in policy decisions and budgetary allocations and can lead the way in scaling up action to achieve gender equality, including by applying a gender lens, demanding accountability from government, civil society, academia, the media and the private sector.
In addition to the Parliamentary Meeting, the IPU is organizing two side events on 10 and 12 March 2020. The first side event, on online harassment, will be held on 10 March, from 1.15 to 2.30 p.m., in the Ex-Press Bar of the General Assembly Building, at the UN Headquarters, in New York. The second side event, on Women in Politics, will be held on 12 March, from 3 to 4.15 p.m., in the same venue. Additional information will be made available in due course.