At the sixty-second session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in 2007, the ECE member States agreed to convene a regional meeting in preparation for the 15-year review of implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action. The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA) is an international declaration of women’s rights set up at the UN’s landmark Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995. The BPfA covers 12 key critical matters of concern and areas for action including women and poverty, violence against women and access to power and decision-making. It was supported by 189 countries, including the UK, at the 1995 World Conference.
Amongst the objectives set out at the UNECE meeting were taking stock of the progress made in the region on gender equality and women's empowerment, and promoting partnerships to increase gender equality in the region.
UNECE circulated a questionnaire to all UNECE members as an outcome of the meeting to assess progress on Beijing +15, and the UK Government has responded with a full report. Click here to access the report.