Updated: Mar 4, 2020
-Pradeep Pariyar Thapa
Exclusive: New York- The 64th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) has been suspended due to concern regarding the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The Commission’s 64th session was scheduled between March 9-20, 2020. According to the Commission, on March 9th, there will be formal opening statements, followed by the adoption of the draft Political Declaration and action on any other draft resolutions but the full session will be then suspended until further notification. No general debate will take place and all side events planned by Member States and the UN system in conjunction with CSW64 will be cancelled.
This year, 2020, marks the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995). Therefore, the CSW and stakeholders are strategizing towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development while making gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls a focal point.
Likewise, NGO CSW NY has also cancelled its all 500+ forums this year. NGO CSW NY said, “We are saddened to cancel our NGO CSW64 Forum due to risks of spreading Coronavirus from gathering 12,000 gl