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Commission on the Status of Women

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) was established by the United Nations Economic and Social Council in 1946. Its purpose is to prepare reports and to make recommendations to ECOSOC on promoting women's rights in a broad range of fields, as well as to develop recommendations and proposals for action on urgent problems.

As far back as 1945, in the Preamble of the UN Charter, the principle of equality between men and women was reaffirmed. Members of the Commission are 45 government experts chosen according to a geographical representation. They meet in regular sessions once a year.

The Commission has organized the World Conferences on Women and has been mandated to review and appraise the outcome of these conferences, assessing and advancing their implementation.

More on UN and the Commission on the Status of Women

The individual documents from the Commission on the Status of Women carry the following symbols:

E/ Economic and Social Council

-/CN.6 Commission number 6 = Commission on the Status of Women


-/current number

Ex. E/CN.6/2000/3 Economic and Social Council, Commission on the Status of Women, year 2000, document 3

UN documents and publications in catalogues and databases

  • United Nations Digital Library. UN official documents and open access publications, UN maps, UN voting data and speeches.
  • UN iLibrary. UN publications online covering different topics.
  • ODS. UN documents published from 1993 onward and scanned documents published between 1946 and 1993 in the official languages of the UN.
  • Daily list of documents (ODS). Documents published for the day, with full text links, can be found in the United Nations full text database ODS.
  • UNBIS Thesaurus is a multilingual database of the controlled vocabulary used to describe UN documents.
  • Index to proceedings is an annual bibliographic guide to the proceedings and documentation of the major UN organs. The index includes:
    • a list of all documents
    • a comprehensive subject index
    • an index to speeches
    • a voting chart of resolutions


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