United Nations World Summit Outcome, New York, 14-16 September 2005

Sectors : Gender and economic opportunity, Gender and political agency, Gender and social development, Post-primary education, Primary and basic education, Maternal health, reproductive health and infant mortality
Organisation : UN
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Heads Of State
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Commitments in: Gender - Gender and social development

“58. ...We remain convinced that progress for women is progress for all. We reaffirm that the full and effective implementation of the goals and objectives of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcome of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly is an essential contribution to achieving the internationally agreed development goals, including those contained in the Millennium Declaration, and we resolve to promote gender equality and eliminate pervasive gender discrimination by:
(a) Eliminating gender inequalities in primary and secondary education by the earliest possible date and at all educational levels by 2015;
(b) Guaranteeing the free and equal right of women to own and inherit property and ensuring secure tenure of property and housing by women;
(c) Ensuring equal access to reproductive health;
(d) Promoting women’s equal access to labour markets, sustainable employment and adequate labour protection;
(e) Ensuring equal access of women to productive assets and resources, including land, credit and technology;
(f) Eliminating all forms of discrimination and violence against women and the girl child, including by ending impunity and by ensuring the protection of civilians, in particular women and the girl child, during and after armed conflicts in accordance with the obligations of States under international humanitarian law and international human rights law;
(g) Promoting increased representation of women in Government decision-making bodies, including through ensuring their equal opportunity to participate fully in the political process.

59. We recognize the importance of gender mainstreaming as a tool for achieving gender equality. To that end, we undertake to actively promote the mainstreaming of a gender perspective in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes in all political, economic and social spheres, and further undertake to strengthen the capabilities of the United Nations system in the area of gender.”


Commitments in: Education - Primary and basic education

“44. We reaffirm our commitment to support developing country efforts to ensure that all children have access to and complete free and compulsory primary education of good quality, to eliminate gender inequality and imbalance and to renew efforts to improve girls’ education. We also commit ourselves to continuing to support the efforts of developing countries in the implementation of the Education for All initiative, including with enhanced resources of all types through the Education for All fast-track initiative in support of country-led national education plans.

45. We commit ourselves to promoting education for peace and human development.”