The Commission on the Status of Women is a global policy-making body within the United Nations Economic and Social Council dedicated to gender equality and advancement of women. 

UN member states meet annually to discuss and evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards, and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and women's empowerment worldwide. The principal output is the agreed conclusions on priority themes set for each year. 

The CSW makes recommendations in the form of negotiated agreed conclusions on the priority themes, which are issued annually. They contain an analysis of the priority theme and a set of concrete recommendations for governments, intergovernmental bodies, other institutions, civil society actors, and other relevant stakeholders.

Sixty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women 

The sixty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW68) is being held from 11 to 22 March 2024 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. 

There are two themes for CSW68:

  • Priority theme: Accelerating the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls by addressing poverty and strengthening institutions and financing with a gender perspective.

  • Review theme: Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls (agreed conclusions of the sixty-third session).

Aleisha Amohia has been selected as the non-government organisation (NGO) delegate on the official New Zealand Government delegation. The NGO delegate will provide advice from an NGO perspective, share expertise and act as a liaison point between New Zealand NGOs and the delegation.

We will provide further updates on CSW68 on our website and social media channels as it progresses. 

Sixty-seventh session of the Commission on the Status of Women

The sixty-seventh session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW67) took place between 6-17 March 2023 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

There are two themes for CSW67: 

  • Priority theme: Innovation and technological change, and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.
  • Review theme: Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls (agreed conclusions of the sixty-second session).

You can read the Agreed Conclusions, the outcome document negotiated by all UN Member states, on the UN Women website.

Representatives for New Zealand included: Kellie Coombes, Secretary for Women and Chief Executive of Manatū Wāhine Ministry for Women, Her Excellency Ms. Carolyn Schwalger (New Zealand’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations), officials from Manatū Wāhine and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and a non-governmental organisation representative.

CSW67 Statements:

CSW National Statements

You can find links to New Zealand’s recent CSW national statements below: 

Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CSW64 (2020) was pared back. There was no General Discussion session, and no member states delivered national statements.