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UN Documents on Women's / Gender Issues

Below is a (preliminary) list of international agreements which are particularly relevant for women. Click on the links provided to view UN Summits and Conferences outcomes and Commission documents.

Earth Summit, 1992

Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, Principle 20

Agenda 21

Section I. Social and Economic Dimensions

Chapter 3. Combating Poverty, point 3.6

Chapter 4. Changing Consumption Patterns

B. Developing national policies and strategies to encourage changes in unsustainable consumption patterns, Point 4.27

Chapter 5. Demographic Dynamics and Sustainability

A. Developing and disseminating knowledge concerning the links between demographic trends and factors and sustainable development

Chapter 7. Promoting Sustainable Human Settlement Development

H. Promoting human resource development and capacity-building for human settlements development, point 7.77, (ii,iii)

Section III. Strengthening the Role of Major Groups

Chapter 24. Global Action for Women Towards Sustainable and Equitable Development


Earth Summit II, 1997

Chapter 3. A. Integration of economic, social and environmental objectives, Point 24 (b)

Chapter 3. B. Sectors and issues, Point 66 (i)


Human Rights Summit

World Conference on Human Rights, Vienna 1993

Chapter II. B. Equality, dignity and tolerance


Human Rights Review

Follow-up to the World Conference on Human Rights, New York 1998

VI. Equal status and human rights of women


Population Summit / ICPD, Cairo 1994

Chapter 4 : Gender Equality, Equity and Empowerment of Women


3rd World Conference on Women, Nairobi 1985


Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing 1995


World Summit on Social Development, Copenhagen 1992

Chapter I : An Enabling Environment for Social Development, Point 7


Chapter II : Eradication of Poverty

D. Enhanced social protection and reduced vulnerability, point 38 (j)

Chapter IV : Social Integration, point 69, 73 (c)


Habitat II Conference, Istanbul 1996

Chapter II, sections I & II

Chapter III, Commitments

D. Gender Equality


UN Commissions

UN Commission on the Status of Women









Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)


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