59th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

The 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59) took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 9 to 20 March 2015. The priority theme for CSW59 was reviewing progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPFA), 20 years after its adoption at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995. The outcomes of CSW59 are reflected in the Political Declaration.

The review (Beijing +20) will also include outcomes of the 23rd special General Assembly, the first five-year assessment conducted after the adoption of the BPFA, which highlights further actions and initiatives.

The session also addressed current challenges that affect the implementation of the BPFA, as well as opportunities for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women in the post-2015 development agenda.

Australia's Country Statement

As head of the Australian Government delegation, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, delivered Australia's country statement on Wednesday 11 March, reflecting Australia's priorities for CSW59

Australia's Delegation to the 2015 CSW Session

The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, led the Australian Government delegation to the fifty-ninth session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

Members of the delegation included:

  • Her Excellency, Gillian Bird PSM, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Australia to the United Nations;
  • Her Excellency, Ms Natasha Stott Despoja AM, Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls;
  • Ms Elizabeth Broderick, Sex Discrimination Commissioner;
  • Her Excellency, Ms Caitlin Wilson, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Australia to the United Nations;
  • Ms Nicole Masters, Chief of Staff to Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women;
  • Two senior government representatives from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet;
  • A senior representative from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade;
  • Ms Maria Osman, Community Volunteer (Non-government delegate); and
  • Ms Kimberley Abbott, Founder and CEO, Roka (Non-government delegate);

Senior officers from Australia’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York also participated on the Australian Government Delegation.

Post-CSW59

On Wednesday 24 June 2015, the Report of the Australian Government Delegation to the 59th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women was launched by Minister Cash.  The report provides a detailed account of the delegation’s participation at CSW59.

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