Previous sessions

60th session - March 2016

The 60th session of the UNCSW took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from March 14 to 24, 2016.

The priority theme discussed at the session was Women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development. The review theme was the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.

Canada’s delegation was led by the Minister of Status of Women Canada and included representation from federal, provincial and territorial governments, and non-governmental organizations, including Indigenous women’s organizations.

The highlights of Canada’s role at the 60th session of the UNCSW include:

  • Canada announced it is seeking election to the UNCSW for the 2017 to 2021 term. Gaining a seat will strengthen Canada’s voice in shaping the Commission’s work to address the challenges women and girls face around the world.
  • Canada co-hosted a series of side event discussions on critical issues affecting women and girls such as ending gender-based violence, the rights of Indigenous women and girls and sexual and reproductive health and rights. For instance, a panel discussion that Canada co-hosted on creating pathways to equality for Indigenous women and girls provided valuable insights that will contribute to the federal government’s engagement with Indigenous communities moving forward.

Additional information

NGO members of the Canadian Delegation
Canada hosts event
Minister discusses with Executive Director of UN Women
Canada delivers the Head of Delegation Statement

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59th session – March 2015

The 59th session of the UNCSW took place from March 9 to 20, 2015 at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

The session focused on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, twenty years after its adoption at the Fourth World Conference in 1995.

The session also looked at opportunities for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women in the post-2015 development agenda.

58th session – March 2014

The 58th session of the UNCSW took place from March 10 to 21, 2014 at the United Nations headquarters in New York. The priority theme discussed at the session was: "Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls." 

The review theme was "Access and participation of women and girls to education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women's equal access to full employment and decent work."  The emerging issue considered was "Women's access to productive resources."

57th session – March 2013

The 57th session of the UNCSW took place from March 4 to March 15, 2013 at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Member states addressed the priority theme, "The elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls." The review theme was "The equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men, including caregiving in the context of HIV/AIDS." Members also considered an emerging issue, "Key gender equality issues to be reflected in the post-2015 development framework."

56th session – February 2012

The 56th session of the UNCSW addressed the priority theme, "The empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges." The review theme was "Financing for gender equality and the empowerment of women." Members also considered the emerging issue of "Engaging young women and men, girls and boys, in advancing gender equality."Panel discussions and high-level round-table sessions were held throughout the UNCSW to address these themes.

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