Latin America and Caribbean

Source: NGO CSW Latin America and Caribbean
Title: Report of the Special Session on Beijing+20
Date: 18-19 November 2014

On November 17th at ECLAC headquarters, the 51st Meeting of the Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Women from Latin America and the Caribbean took place and on November 17th and 18th the Special Session on Beijing+20 in Latin America and the Caribbean was held. In both meetings a significant group of women and feminist organizations, as well as ministers of women and other country
authorities from the region participated. In the meeting of the Presiding Officers basic aspects were agreed among the ministries and other officials of the countries of the XIII Regional Conference on Women that will be held in 2016 in Montevideo, Uruguay.

These regional conferences take place every three years and since 2007 important consensus have been agreed. Women and feminist organizations believe that in the last three conference consensus were approved in Quito (2007), Brasilia (2010) and Montevideo (2013) in which the main issues and aspects of policies for women, therefore, no other consensus should be agreed on in Montevideo, is necessary to
promote the implementation and follow up of it. Many countries were in favor of this decision and it was then included in the approved agreements herein attached.

The Special Session on Beijing+20 was inaugurated with the presence and words of President of Chile, Dr. Michelle Bachelet and Ms. Alicia Barcena, ECLAC Executive Director, and a representative of UN WOMEN Executive Director, Gülden Türköz-Cosslett. Michelle Bachelet and Alicia Barcena highlighted the importance of the women and feminist movement in the region in the advances and achievements fulfilled.
However, they also pointed out that there are still multiple areas in which no advances were made or there is still much to do. This is another coincidence with the findings and proposals suggested in the Regional Document by the Civil Society “20 years after the Beijing Platform of Action: strategic goals and areas of concern” from the Committee of NGOs on CSW from Latin America and the Caribbean (CoNGO CSW LAC)
which includes the input of almost 100 feminist and women organizations of the region. Such report was presented in the session and is attached.

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