U.N. Commission On Women Opens 2014 Session With Focus On Development

News outlets report from the 2014 U.N.’s Commission on the Status of Women, which opened on Monday in New York. This year, the conference will focus on development.

Agence France-Presse: Ban calls for progress as U.N. commission on women opens
“U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon said there is still much progress to be made to advance women’s rights, despite recent strides, as he opened an annual conference on women Monday. Among priorities are health needs, maternal and child health, sexual education, contraception and fighting violence against women, including female genital mutilation, Ban said at the opening of the U.N.’s 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women…” (3/10).

The Guardian: Women’s rights the focus as world leaders gather for New York talks
“World leaders will meet in New York on Monday to begin a two-week review of progress on women’s rights against the millennium development goals (MDGs) and discuss how women’s empowerment can be accelerated under a new set of targets after 2015…” (Ford, 3/10).

U.N. News Centre: U.N. commission on women opens annual session, to focus on development
“Women’s human rights have come a long way but there is still much to do and little time to do it in, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today opening the 2014 session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which this year will focus on development, particularly education and reproductive rights…” (3/10).

U.N. News Centre: Gender-based violence in sub-Saharan Africa focus of U.N.-World Bank initiative
“As the 2014 session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women got under way today, the head of the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) spotlighted the agency’s joint efforts with the World Bank to address the multidimensional challenges that women and girls face in Africa’s Great Lakes and Sahel regions…” (3/10).