The 39th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), meeting at UN Headquarters in New York from 15 March to 4 April 1995, continued its discussions on preparations for the Fourth World Conference on Women (FWCW), to be held in Beijing, China from 4-15 September 1995. The negotiations within the CSW on the draft Platform for Action, which began on 20 March, are expected to continue through 3 April.
The Plenary met on Monday and Tuesday, 20-21 March, to hear statements regarding Agenda Items 3 (Preparations for the FWCW), 4 (Programming and coordination matters related to the UN), and 5 (Monitoring the implementation of the Nairobi Forward-Looking Strategies). The Plenary resumed on Friday afternoon, 24 March, to complete consideration of Agenda Item 5 and to discuss the draft provisional rules of procedure.
The Drafting Group, chaired by Ms. Irene Freudenschuss (Austria), met for a total of nine negotiating sessions from 20-25 March, during which it conducted a first reading of Chapter III (Critical Areas of Concern), the sections on poverty, education and health care services in Chapter IV (Strategic Objectives and Actions), and half of Chapter V (Institutional Arrangements). An informal-informal group was formed on Thursday to examine the text that the Drafting Group bracketed. A sub-group of the Drafting Group met on Thursday and Friday morning, 23 and 24 March, chaired by Amb. Julia Alvarez (Dominican Republic), and completed a first reading of Chapter I (Mission Statement) and half of Chapter II (Global Framework). The Secretariat will prepare a compilation document based on the first reading, including submitted amendments to the strategic objectives that were not discussed, for use during the second reading.