CSW61: Report and analysis of the agreed conclusions
| By Ms. Lakshmi Puri UN Assistant Secretary - General and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women
The 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, from 13 – 24 March 2017, at a critical juncture in the changing political landscape and realignment of forces mobilized around the gender equality and women’s empowerment agenda (GEWE).
Champions of GEWE, human rights and the women's movement saw this CSW as a litmus test of the strength of international political commitment in the face of fresh challenges to the historic and hard won normative gains of the gender equality compact secured especially between 2012 - 2016.
They were concerned whether the international community would hold on to these precious gains and make further progress on all fronts. They also wanted Member States to re-commit to forge ahead on implementing the GEWE promises of the Beijing plus 20 Political Declaration, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Climate Change Agreement, the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, and the Quito New Urban Age nda, and with specific reference to the priority theme of CSW61 on ‘women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work, and its focus area on ‘the empowerment of indigenous women’.
The review theme of MDGs (Challenges and achievements in the imple mentation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls - agreed conclusions of the fifty - eighth session) also provided a platform for countries to present their experience and success in implementing and achieving the MDGs for women and girls and how they are now adapting and creating necessary laws, policies, measures and institutions for the gender - responsive implementation of agenda 2030 and its GEWE compact more broadly.