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Recommendations on Bracketed Text in the WCW Draft Platform for Action
(A/CONF.177/L.1) August 30, 1995

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VI. FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS

A. National level

351. Nongovernmental organizations, the private sector and other actors of civil society should be encouraged to consider allocating the resources necessary for the implementation of the Platform for Action. Governments should create a supportive environment for the mobilization of resources by nongovernmental organizations, particularly women's organizations and networks, [retain: feminist associations,] the private sector and other actors of civil society, to enable them to contribute towards this end. The capacity of nongovernmental organizations in this regard should be strengthened and enhanced.

C. International level

358. The outcome of [delete: previous Summits and Conferences, including] the World Summit for Social Development regarding debt management and reduction should be implemented in order to facilitate the realization of the objectives of the Platform for Action.

361. [delete: Recognizing the special roles of United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW) in the empowerment of women, the resources provided by Governments should be substantially increased by the year 2000.]

(First Alternative)

[retain: UNIFEM/INSTRAW have special roles to play in the promotion of the status and advancement of women's human rights. The international community should accept primary responsibility for strengthening UNIFEM and for providing the Fund with substantially increased resources that would enable it to meet its responsibilities in implementing the Platform for Action effectively. INSTRAW must be substantially strengthened to implement the Platform for Action within its mandate.]

(Second Alternative)

[delete: Recognizing the special roles of UNIFEM and INSTRAW in the promotion of the empowerment of women, and therefore in the implementation of the Platform for Action within their respective mandates, the resources provided by the international community should be substantially increased by the year 2000.]

362. To improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the United Nations system in its efforts to promote the advancement of women, and to enhance its capacity to further the objectives of the Platform for Action, there is a need to renew, reform and revitalize the various parts of the United Nations system, especially the Division for the Advancement of Women of the United Nations Secretariat, as well as those other units and subsidiary bodies that have a specific mandate to promote the advancement of women. In this regard, relevant governing bodies within the United Nations system are encouraged to give special consideration to the effective implementation of the Platform for Action and to review their policies, programmes, and budgets and activities in order to achieve the most effective and efficient use of funds to this end. [retain: Mobilization of additional resources from within the United Nations regular budget in order to implement the Platform for Action may also be necessary.]

Notes

2/ Report of the World Conference on Human Rights, Vienna, 1425 June 1993 (A/CONF.157/24 (Part I)), chap. III.

4/ General Assembly resolution 45/164. 5/ General Assembly resolution 44/82.

6/ General Assembly resolution 48/126.

7/ A/47/308-E/1992/97, annex.

8/ General Assembly resolution 48/104.

9/ See The Results of the Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations: The Legal Texts (Geneva, GATT secretariat, 1994).

10/ General Assembly resolution 44/25, annex.

13/ Report of the International Conference on Population and Development, Cairo, 5-13 September 1994 (A/CONF.171/13 and Add.1), chap. I, resolution 1, annex.

14/ Report of the World Summit for Social Development, Copenhagen, 612 March 1995 (A/CONF.166/9), chap. I, resolution 1, annexes I and II.

15/ Unsafe abortion is defined as a procedure for terminating an unwanted pregnancy either by persons lacking the necessary skills or in an environment lacking the minimal medical standards or both (based on World Health Organization, The Prevention and Management of Unsafe Abortion, Report of a Technical Working Group, Geneva, April 1992 (WHO/MSM/92.5)).

18/ General Assembly resolution 317 (IV), annex.

19/ General Assembly resolution 217 A (III). 20/ General Assembly resolution 39/46, annex.

24/ See The United Nations Disarmament Yearbook, vol. 5: 1980 (United Nations publication, Sales No. E.81.IX.4), appendix VII. 25/ General Assembly resolution 48/96, annex.

28/ United Nations Environment Programme, Convention on Biological Diversity (Environmental Law and Institutions Programme Activity Centre), June 1992. -----

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