1st to 4th UN World Conference on Women
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During the 24th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, the year 1975, when the first World Women's Conference would take place, was declared International Women's Year.
International Women's Year, the First World Conference on Women was held in Mexico City. More than 1,800 representatives from 133 countries attended the conference, and 5,000 people participants in the NGO Forum on Women held during the conference. Li Suwen, vice-chairperson of the Standing Committee of the Chinese National People's Congress, headed the Chinese delegation to the event. The conference adopted the Mexico City Declaration and World Plan of Action, and named the 1976-1985 period United Nations Decade for Women: Equality, Development and Peace.
The 32nd United Nations General Assembly adopted March 8 as the United Nations Day for Women's Rights and International Peace.
The Second World Conference on Women was held in Copenhagen. More than 2,000 representatives from 145 UN member states and UN institutions attended the conference and 8,000 people participated in the NGO Forum on Women. The conference adopted the Program of Action for the Second Half of the United Nations Decade for Women and held a signing ceremony for the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
July 17, 1980
At the Second World Conference on Women, 64 UN member states including China joined the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. Head of the Chinese delegation Kang Keqing, then vice-chairperson of the CPPCC National Committee and president of the All-China Women's Federation, signed the Convention on behalf of Chinese government.
The Third World Conference on Women was held in Nairobi, capital of Kenya. About 6,000 representatives from 157 UN member states, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations attended the conference and 15,000 people participated in the NGO Forum on Women. Chinese State Councilor Chen Muhua headed the Chinese delegation to the event. The conference reviewed women's achievements and problems over the previous decade and adopted the Nairobi Forward-looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women.
September 4, 1995
The Fourth World Conference on Women under the theme Action for Equality, Development and Peace was held in Beijing. About 16,000 representatives from 197 countries and regions attended the event. The conference adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and became a milestone in the history of international women's development.
From June 5 to 10, 2000
The 32nd special session of the United Nations General Assembly on Women 2000: Gender Equality, Development and Peace for the 21st Century, took place in New York. It reviewed the carrying out of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in different countries, and agreed to adopt regular assessment on its further implementation.
August 24, 2000
The State Council of China issued the White Paper on Gender Equality and Women's Development in China, which displays China's main achievements in implementing the Beijing Platform for Action and promoting gender equality.
August 31, 2005
More than 800 representatives from more than 80 countries and regions attended an international conference in Beijing to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women. The three-day conference adopted the Beijing Plus Ten Declaration calling for universal efforts to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women and girls and to ensure gender equality.
(www.womenofchina.cn March 3, 2010)