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Commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the CEDAW
18 Dec 2019 -  The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 18 December 1979, and since then it has been a leading force for transformative change for women’s equality and empowerment.
To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Convention, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women will convene a side event to take stock of progress achieved over the past 40 years, identify ongoing gaps and challenges, and most importantly, define concrete action to close the gaps. The event is jointly organized by UNFPA, OHCHR and UN Women, and co-sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Trinidad and Tobago and the Permanent Mission of Nigeria.
Aims and objectives:
1) Take stock of progress achieved in implementing the Convention, including sharing of good practices in the ways the Convention has changed women’s lives.
2) Identify ongoing gaps and challenges in the implementation of the Convention and the realization of women’s human rights, and concrete actions needed to address those gaps.
3) Renew commitments by all stakeholders to the Convention and its critical role in the achievement of gender equality and the implementation of the Cairo and Beijing Platforms for Action and the Sustainable Development Goals.
4) Strengthen engagement of stakeholders, including civil society organizations and the United Nations system, in supporting the implementation and monitoring of the Convention.
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