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Advancement of Women

Grounded in the vision of equality of the United Nations Charter, DESA's Division for the Advancement of Women advocates the improvement of the status of women of the world, and the achievement of their equality with men as equal actors, partners, and beneficiaries of sustainable development, human rights, peace and security.

The Commission on the Status of Women is a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. It is the principal global policy-making body. Every year, representatives of Member States gather at United Nations Headquarters in New York to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and advancement of women worldwide.

The table below lists all organizations that participated in sessions of the Commission on the Status of Women:

Meeting Participation  
2011: 55th Session of the Commission 333
2010: 15th year review: 54th Session of the Commission 423
2009: 53rd Session of the Commission 285
2008: 52nd Session of the Commission 122
2007: 51th Session of the Commission 11
2006: 50th Session of the Commission 10
2005: 10th year review: 49th Session of the Commission 12
2004: 48th Session of the Commission 3
2003: 47th Session of the Commission 3
2002: 46th Session of the Commission 5
2001: 45th Session of the Commission 3