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Beijing+25 Regional Review Meeting

29 - 30 October 2019

Palais des Nations, Geneva

The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action of 1995 (Beijing Platform for Action) is the most ambitious road map for the empowerment of women and girls everywhere. In 2020, it will be 25 years since the Beijing Platform for Action sets strategic objectives and actions for the achievement of gender equality in 12 critical areas of concern.

The Beijing+25 Regional Review Meeting provides a forum for UNECE member States to review progress and identify challenges in the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action. The meeting will be held on 29-30 October 2019 in the Palais des Nations, Geneva, and is jointly organized by UNECE and the UN Women Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia.

The regional review and appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcomes of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly is in the context of preparations for the global Beijing +25 review in 2020. The review will also include an assessment of current challenges that affect the implementation of the Platform for Action and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women and its contribution towards the full realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The regional review will be based on national reports by UNECE member States which have been prepared in line with the Guidance note (available in EnglishFrench and Russian).

The UNECE secretariat will prepare a regional review report on the basis of the national reports, which will be discussed at the Regional Review Meeting Beijing+25.

Please find the programme here.

29 October 2019, 10:00-18:00 (Room XVIII, Palais des Nations)

 8:30.9:45.....  Side Events
10:00 – 11:30

Item 1: Opening of the meeting

Item 2: Adoption of the agenda and organization of work

Item 3: Election of chairpersons

11:30 – 13:00Item 4: Key trends on gender equality across the UNECE region
13:00 - 15:00Lunch Break & Side Events
15:00 – 18:00

Item 5: Closing the gender gaps: Effective economic and social policies in the UNECE region

(Room XVIII)

Item 6: Ending violence against women and girls: Lessons from the region

(Room XXII)

Item 7: Education for Gender Equality: a powerful tool for transformation

(Room XXVII)

Item 8: Smart investments: Financing for Gender Equality

(Room XXVII)



30 October 2019, 10:00-18:00 (Room XVIII, Palais des Nations)

8:30..09:45...Side Events
10:00 – 11:30Item 9: Women in Leadership: Women’s representation in policy- and decision-making
11:30 – 13:00Item 10: Acting for climate: Empowering women to build climate resilience
13:00 – 15:00Lunch Break & Side Events
15:00 – 17:00Item 11: Global goals and the Beijing commitments
17:00 – 18:00Item 12: Co-Chairs’ summary and closure of the meeting

Concept notes provide information on the timing and location of the various sessions, their objectives and thematic focus. A set of initial guiding questions is proposed to orient the discussions. For each session, the ultimate aim is to facilitate a broad exchange of views.  To this end, a number of panels, with a diverse and balanced composition, will provide an opportunity to hear different perspectives and experiences. The concept notes will be updated as further details are received regarding participation in these panels.

Plenty of time will be allocated for interactive discussion and interventions from the floor, following contributions from the panellists. In order to provide opportunities for broad engagement, all participants, including panellists, are expected to keep their interventions short.

We encourage participants, in particular member States, to reach out to the Secretariat (ece-beijing25@un.org) and express their intention to intervene under particular agenda items.

Item 4: Key trends on gender equality in the UNECE regionConcept note
Item 5: Closing the gender gaps: Effective economic and social policies in the ECE regionConcept note
Item 6: Ending violence against women and girls: Lessons from the regionConcept note

Item 7: Education for Gender Equality: a powerful tool for transformation

Concept note
Item 8: Smart investments: Financing for Gender Equality Concept note

Item 9: Women in Leadership: women’s representation in policy- and decision-making

Concept note

Item 10: Acting for climate: Empowering women to build climate resilience

Concept note

Item 11: Global goals and the Beijing commitments

Concept note
Annotated provisional agendaPDFPDFPDF
Information note on practical arrangementsPDF

Please find below the national reports submitted by UNECE member States to the Beijing+25 questionnaire.

AlbaniaNational Report

National Report


ArmeniaNational Report
AustriaNational Report
AzerbaijanNational Report

National Report


National Report 



National Report


Bosnia and HerzegovinaNational Report
BulgariaNational Report

National Report


National Report


CroatiaNational Report
CyprusNational Report
Czech RepublicNational Report
DenmarkNational Report
EstoniaNational Report
FinlandNational Report
FranceNational Report

National Report


GermanyNational Report
HungaryNational Report
IcelandNational Report

National Report


IsraelNational Report
ItalyNational Report

National Report



National Report


LatviaNational Report

National Report

CEDAW report

UNSG report inputs

LithuaniaNational Report
LuxembourgNational Report (French)
MaltaNational Report
MontenegroNational Report
NetherlandsNational Report
North MacedoniaNational Report
NorwayNational Report
PortugalNational Report
Republic of MoldovaNational Report
RomaniaNational Report
Russian FederationNational Report (English)

National Report

Statistical Annex

SlovakiaNational Report
SloveniaNational Report

National Report Annex


SwedenNational Report
SwitzerlandNational Report

National Report (Russian) 


National Report

Annex 1 / Annex 2


National Report 

UkraineNational Report
United KingdomNational Report

National Report


Politics, parity, power: towards a #NextGen gender equality in the Balkans and Eastern Europe

29 October, 9:00-9:50, room XXII, Palais des Nations

Women are slowly gaining ground in electoral politics in the Balkans and Eastern Europe, although their presence in parliament is still below 25 percent. The event will feature women political leaders, officials and activists in a strategic dialogue with EU counterparts on countering gender backlash trends and accelerating gender equality in decision-making.

(Organizers: Women’s Political Network, Montenegro; Swedish Gender Equality Agency; Administration of the Government of Georgia; Gender Caucus of the Parliament of Ukraine; Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Armenia; UNDP. Co-organizer: Gender Centre NGO, Moldova)

Effective gender mainstreaming methods and tools: the way to speed up the pace towards gender equality

29 October, 9:00-9:50, room XXVII, Palais des Nations

This side event will explore what has been learned about gender mainstreaming in the European context: country practices and availability of tools developed for its application in specific contexts. There will be a specific focus on gender budgeting given its potential to accelerate gender transformation and gender mainstreaming in practice.

(Organizers: European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE); Ministry of Employment, Sweden; Institute for the Equality of Women and Men, Belgium; Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality, Portugal) 

The Istanbul Convention in practice: holistic care for victims of sexual violence

29 October, 13:30-14:45, room XXIV, Palais des Nations

This side event aims to share lessons learned and identify good practices in the implementation of the Istanbul Convention, with a specific focus on integrated support services for victims, such as the Belgian Sexual Assault Care Centre Model.

(Organizers: Belgium and Council of Europe)

29 October, 13:30-14:45, room XXIII, Palais des Nations

This side event aims to trigger an insightful discussion among UNECE member States on good practices to promote gender equality in old age. The side event will initiate a collective thinking process on how to mainstream gender equality in our social systems which need to adapt to rapidly ageing societies.

(Organizers: France, Germany, Italy, UNECE Working Group on Ageing, European Commission)

Beyond Beijing+25 in the EU: Sustainable and inclusive growth through the lens of women’s empowerment

29 October, 13:30-14:45, room XXV, Palais des Nations

The objective of this event is to present and discuss findings from the EU Beijing+25 review, focusing on key gender equality challenges facing the EU and its Member States and the ways to address these through policy action.

(Organizers: European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE); Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland, and High Council for Gender Equality, France)


Rural women entrepreneurs as agents of change

30 October, 9:00-9:50, room XXVII, Palais des Nations

Rural women in Eastern Europe and Central Asia contribute greatly to the economy through paid and unpaid work, but benefit the least. The Women Resource Centres of Azerbaijan have had transformative impacts on women’s lives by developing women’s skills and giving them market access. The event will feature women entrepreneurs from Azerbaijan, Central Asia and Turkey in a conversation on what has worked and what more can be done to promote rural women’s economic independence.

(Organizers: State Committee for Women, Children and Family, Azerbaijan; FAO; UNDP and UN Women, Partners: NGO ‘Support to Sabirabad Women’s Social Development’, Azerbaijan; Central Asian Association to Support Artisans)

30 October, 9:00-9:50, room XXII, Palais des Nations

This discussion will focus on women’s social and cultural roles as creators and objects of art, and the change in perception of women’s contribution to and participation in arts. Concrete examples from the Ukrainian context will illustrate the discussion.

(Organizers: Ukrainian Institute and UN Women Ukraine)

Generation Equality Forum - Towards a Global Compact for Equality (Flyer in French)

30 October, 13:30-14:45, room XXII, Palais des Nations

This side event aims to prepare for the Generation Equality Forum, a global gathering for gender equality with the leadership and partnership of civil society. Building on the Beijing+25 national and regional reviews and CSW64, the Forum (convened by UN Women and co-chaired by France and Mexico) will kick-off in Mexico-City on 7-8 May 2020 and culminate in Paris on 7-10 July 2020.

(Organizers: France and UN Women)

Defend Women Human Rights Defenders – cooperation for strengthening national Beijing+25 commitments

30 October, 13:30-14:45, room XXVII, Palais des Nations

The side event will shed light on the latest research and evidence on increasing shrinking space, pushing-back in society against women’s human rights and growing violence against women human rights defenders in the UNECE region. Testimonies from women’s rights defenders will be heard and UNECE member States will be invited to discuss actions to address risks of women rights violations and  violence against Women Human Rights Defenders. 

(Organizers: Netherlands, Women’s Major Group, WECF International, Wo=Men, WIDE+, UN Women)

Ending Violence against Women and Girls: Prevalence, Proposals and Partnerships

30 October, 13:30-14:45, room XXV, Palais des Nations

Freedom from violence is a basic human right, yet millions of women suffer domestic and sexual violence, forced marriage, honour crimes, trafficking and, increasingly, violence facilitated by technology. Panelists will discuss the prevalence of VAWG and solutions to prevent and eliminate the practice, including the central role of the Council of Europe's Istanbul Convention and progress and challenges in its implementation.

(Organizers: France, Council of Europe and the International Council of Women; Co-sponsors:  Permanent Mission of Canada to the UN in Geneva, UN Women Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia, and NGO/CSW Geneva)



The Regional Civil Society Forum will take place on 28 October 2019 at the International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG). A broad alliance of feminists and women’s rights organisations are organizing this forum.

More information? Find further, including the agenda, here. For questions, kindly contact CSOuneceB25@wecf.org.

Participation in the meeting is open to government representatives, civil society and key stakeholders from the UNECE region. The registration deadline has passed; for late registrations please click here at your earliest convenience.