The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the annual functional commission of the UN Economic and Social Council dedicated to the advancement of women, does not provide a Shadow reporting mechanism and will not accept any documents submitted by NGOs.
However, the 2010 session of CSW will be undertaking a 15-year review of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, to mark this anniversary year. Therefore, whilst the UN as usual will not provide for the submission and publishing of NGO Shadow reports, the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, New York does intend to post NGO Shadow reports on its Beijing +15 website. The NGO Committee on the Status of Women is not part of the UN structure and this is therefore not a formal Shadow reporting mechanism.
Some partners are familiar with the CEDAW process, which unlike CSW does have the facility by which NGOs can submit Shadow reports to be considered by the CEDAW Committee alongside States parties' reports during the examination period (see the dedicated CEDAW page in our International section for further details).
Any organisations who wish to produce a Shadow report and have it posted on the NGO/CSW NY website should send them to: