Asia-Pacific Regional Review of the 25th Anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action: Beijing+25 Review

27 Nov 2019 to 29 Nov 2019
United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok, Thailand
By invitation only

Background

A quarter of a century since the adoption of the landmark agreement on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, more women are achieving better educational outcomes and political representation across Asia and the Pacific. However, progress has been slow and persisting patterns of inequality are stalling further progress on gender equality. Technological transformations and disruptions, demographic shifts, increasing migratory flows as well as natural disasters and climate change have profoundly impacted the development context for women, their risks and vulnerabilities as well as opportunities in the region.

With the convergence of the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing+25) and the 5-year milestone for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda), the year 2020 marks a window of opportunity to take stock of progress made and actions required to address barriers to gender equality and implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

The 2030 Agenda has affirmed the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women as a standalone goal as well as a priority that cuts across all 17 SDGs. The Beijing+25 review will harness synergies with the 2030 Agenda to consolidate efforts to accelerate the achievement of key international commitments on gender equality.

As mandated by ECOSOC Resolution E/RES/2018/8, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will lead the regional review of Beijing+25, in collaboration with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, and with the support of the Asia-Pacific Regional Coordination Mechanism Thematic Working Group on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (RCM-TWG-GEEW).

The regional review will culminate in the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on the Beijing+25 Review, which will take place in November 2019, United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok.

Three-Track Approach

The regional review will adopt three tracks. The analytical track will comprise the regional synthesis of the national-level reviews conducted by Governments on progress made and challenges encountered in implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. The consultative track will involve engagement of stakeholder participation through Civil Society Consultations. The intergovernmental track will engage Governments in the regional review to identify priority actions to accelerate the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women in the region. As part of this process, the Asia-Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 63rd Session of the Commission of the Status of Women,13-14 February 2019, Bangkok, engaged Asia-Pacific governments in preparations for the Beijing+25 regional review.

Expectations

The Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on the Beijing+25 Review will bring together Ministers and senior officials from relevant line Ministries (Ministries of Women, National Planning, Finance), civil society and other key stakeholders from across the Asia-Pacific region to:

  • identify key strategic areas and actions required to overcome barriers to gender equality and the empowerment of women.
  • provide a platform to highlight innovative solutions and exchange good practices and lessons learned on strategies for change.
  • invigorate the momentum to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women through increased engagement with stakeholders of all ages.
  • For further information, please contact: Ms. Cai Cai, Chief, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Section, Social Development Division, ESCAP (escap-sdd@un.org).