The Fourth World Conference on Women (FWCW), meeting in Beijing, China from 4 to 15 September 1995, will discuss and adopt a Platform for Action, as well as hear Plenary statements and commitments from governments regarding the women of the world. The draft Platform for Action (A/CONF.177/L.1), which will serve as the basis for negotiations, was originally prepared by the FWCW Secretariat, with input from five regional group meetings, four expert group meetings, consultations with UN agencies, and informal, open-ended consultations in December 1994. The UN member States began negotiations on the draft Platform from 15 March to 7 April 1995, at UN Headquarters in New York, during the 39th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Negotiations continued during informal consultations, which were held from 31 July to 4 August 1995 to reduce the number of outstanding issues to be discussed here in Beijing. Opening ceremonies will be held today, 4 September, after which delegates will begin to hear statements from States and agencies. Negotiations on the draft Platform for Action will resume on Tuesday, 5 September.