CSW 64th Session Postponed and shortened to one day event


Sharing here the info sent out by the UN earlier today on the status of CSW64, after the Briefing:

“Following the UN Secretary General’s recommendation to drastically scale back the upcoming session of the CSW due to 2019-nCoV concerns, the Commission debated alternative formats and dates and explored several possibilities for the 9-20 March session. The Commission decided to hold a short, one-day event on Monday, 9 March where delegations will adopt the draft political declaration and any other draft resolutions that will become available. The meeting will then be suspended, to be resumed at a later date to be determined, so the CSW64 can meet in its full schedule and capacity. No general debate will take place on 9 March and all side events will be cancelled.

NGO CSW announced during the event that they are cancelling the Forum and all related events.

The decision leaves us in a key moment to strategise on a number of issues, not least how to hold governments and the UN accountable to finding dates to hold the resumed CSW.

Update : Possible Scaling Down / Postponement of CSW 64th Session

Please Note for those intended to attend CSW 64th

The UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a key opportunity to advance gender equality and women’s rights globally. UN Women as the substantive Secretariat for the Commission is currently evaluating the situation with respect to COVID-19 disease given the size of the event starting on 9th March.

• Based on available information, UN Women is providing guidance to participants attending CSW to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19 disease; including information in the note for participants and side events’ organisers. Guidance will also be disseminated electronically to NGO participants.

• Pertinent information has been added to the CSW Information note for participants which is on the website, and documents available here: https://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw64-2020

• The CSW Chair will draw attention to the precautionary measures in his preparatory briefing for the session on 2 March.

• UN Women has been informed about a few cancellations of attendance to CSW.

• UN Women will offer an online webcast of events to participants and presenters who are unable to attend in person, as much as technically and logistically possible.

• UN Women will continue to actively monitor the situation as it evolves; and will follow the recommendations and guidance of relevant authorities including UNDSS, World Health Organisation, UN Emergency Task Force, and UN Medical Service at UNHQ.


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