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
Ex. E/CN.6/2000/3 Economic and Social Council, Commission on the Status of Women, year 2000, document 3
- Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) web site. Information about the structure and work of the Commission and full text documents and reports, from 1992-.
- The Commission submits an annual report to the ECOSOC in the documentary series Supplements to the Official Records of the Economic and Social Council with the symbol pattern: E/CN.6/YEAR/No.
- Recent supplements are posted as Reports at the ECOSOC website.
Key UN documents
UN documents and publications in catalogues and databases
- United Nations Digital Library offers UN documents and open access publications, UN voting data and speeches, UN maps, Content in 6+ languages. Replaces the traditional online catalogue UNBISnet.
- UN iLibrary UN publications online covering different topics.
- ODS full-text 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 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
- United Nations Documents Index (United Nations Digital Library) References to all documents by subject area are published. A collection of indexes is held by the Dag Hammarskjöld and Law Library, Uppsala, and the Libraries at UN Headquarters in New York and Geneva.
- All UN documents from 1993-.
- All resolutions of the Principal Organs from 1946-.
- All Security Council plenary documents from 1946- in English, French and Spanish.
- All supplements to the General Assembly Official Records (GAOR) from 1946-.
- All General Assembly plenary meeting records from 1946- in English, French and Spanish.
- Older documents are being scanned: status of digitization.