Delegates to the Fourth World Conference on Women (FWCW) participated in two opening events on Monday, 4 September, the first day of the two week conference. The Government of the People's Republic of China hosted a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People during the morning. An opening Plenary was held during the afternoon in the Beijing International Convention Center (BICC). The Plenary was opened with a statement from Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Ismat Kittani, followed by a statement by Chen Muhua, Vice Chairperson of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of the PRC and the newly elected President of the Conference. Chen also presided over the adoption of a number of procedural items. Gertrude Mongella, Secretary-General of the FWCW, then spoke, after which the Plenary began to hear statements under Agenda Item 8, General Exchange of Views.