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UN Documents

Check the Brief Introduction to the World Conferences
Check the list of UN Documents on Women's / Gender Issues

This section provides documents from the cycle of UN Summits and Conferences during held the 1990s and their follow-up and related UN Agencies. Although these are separate processes, they are closely linked and overlapping.
It is important not to think in the "compartments" of the processes but look across the board. For example, all the UN Summits and their follow-up address women's and gender issues. Sometimes, the most progressive, powerful or useful agreements are being found in unexpected places!

By issues:

Sustainable Development / Rio Process
Earth Summit 1992, Earth Summit II 1997 (5 year review), 
Earth Summit 2002 (10 year review)
Commission on Sustainable Development

Human Rights / Vienna Process:
Human Rights Summit 1993 and Human Rights Review 1998 Commission on Human Rights, High Commissioner on Human Rights

Population / Cairo Process:
Population Summit 1994 and ICPD+5 1999 
Commission on Population and Development

Women / Beijing Process:
Third World Conference on Women (Nairobi 1985), Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing 1995) and Beijing+5 (New York 2000)
Commission on the Status of Women

Social Development / Copenhagen Process:
Social Summit 1995 and Copenhagen+5 2000
Commission on Social Development

Human Settlements / Istanbul Process:
Habitat II Conference 1996 and Istanbul+5
Commission on Human Settlements
United Nations Center for Human Settlements (UNCHS)


By events & Meetings:

UN Summits and Conferences
Outcomes of the cycle of UN Summits and Conferences since 1992, including their 5 Year Reviews and/or preparations for them - so-called Agendas; Global Plans of Action; Platforms for Action; and Declarations.

UN Commissions
UN Commissions are dealing with monitoring and reviewing the progress being made since the respective Summit or Conference. Find reports, decisions and recommendations from UN Commissions and agencies.

Other UN Documents
UN Conventions; UN Regional Commissions; Secretary General reports; and expert groups meetings reports which are related to the themes of the Summits and to their follow-up processes.

The sections also include short background information about the Summits, the Commissions, the UN Agencies, and the source and nature of the documents are explained.


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