The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, called for gender equality to be comprehensively included in the UN’s post-2015 goals yesterday at the opening of the 57th Session of Committee on the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

“We believe there should be a stand-alone goal or goals on equality and non-discrimination that addresses all kinds of discrimination, including discrimination on the basis of sex,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.

In 2000, the UN announced its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) — to reduce hunger and poverty, combat maternal and infant mortality, and provide access to universal education and health, among other goals — all to be accomplished by the end of 2015. It is now creating a post-2015 agenda to expand on the MDGs.

During her remarks, Pillay also encouraged the strengthening of all treaty bodies and celebrated the CEDAW Committee’s work so far, especially highlighting the achievements of CEDAW. During its current session, which runs until February 28, the CEDAW Committee will review reports from Bahrain, Cameroon, Qatar, Kazakhstan, Iraq, Sierra Leone and Finland on these countries’ implementation of the treaty.

CEDAW is the most comprehensive and detailed international agreement which seeks the advancement of women. CEDAW has been ratified by 187 of the 193 member nations of the UN, but the United States never ratified it.

Media Resources: United Nations News Centre 2/10/14, 2/6/14; Feminist Majority Foundation

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