The Working Group, chaired by Nana Ama Yeboa (Ghana), met during the afternoon to consider work done by an informal group and to begin consideration of Chapters I (Mission Statement) and II (Global Framework).
In paragraph 293 (conference of commitments), delegates agreed to note that the FWCW is a conference of national and international commitment and action, that States and the international community have been encouraged to make commitments, and that many have done so at the FWCW. In 309 (high-level post), States will invite the S-G to establish a high-level post in his office to address gender concerns.
The four paragraphs related to the CSW were agreed as follows: 318, the GA and ECOSOC are invited to review and strengthen the CSW s mandate; 319 notes that the CSW should have sufficient human and financial resources; 320 states that the CSW should assist ECOSOC in its coordination of the reporting on the Platform for Action; and 321 calls for the CSW to review the critical areas of concern in developing its work programme.
Delegates engaged in a lengthy discussion on resources in connection with 5 (strong commitment required). The G77/China supported the reference to "new and additional" and the EU supported the reference to "adequate." In 27 (NGO role), delegates removed brackets from the reference to the inability of NGOs to operate freely in some countries. In 30 (women and family), the Holy See, Kenya, and the Philippines supported the text, the US supported including the points in the document, and the EU proposed an alternative. In 31 (women and religion), the Holy See, Guatemala, Ecuador and others supported retaining the paragraph; the EU, Mexico and others desired to delete it; and Benin, Egypt, India, the US and others proposed a redraft.
In 35 (global communication and mass media), several delegates proposed that the reference to the mass media s lack of commitment to promoting human values and dignity be reformulated, others proposed moving the reference, and some proposed deleting it. The Group will take it up during discussion of the section on the mass media. Delegates met during an evening, informal session to negotiate outstanding paragraphs.
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