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[Reproduced from the UN Report of the Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing, 4-15 September 1995), UN Documents A/CONF. 177/20 of October 17, 1995 and A/CONF.177/20/Add.1 of October 27, 1995. At 35 I.L.M. 405 (1996), the following are reproduced: the complete Table of Contents; Chapter 1, Resolution 1, Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action; Chapter 5, Reservations and interpretative statements on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action; and Annex IV, Statement by the President of the Conference on the Commonly Understood Meaning of the Term “Gender”. Ellipses in the I.L.M. Content Summary and document text indicate sections of the Report that are not reproduced.

[UN General Assembly Resolutions 50/202 and 50/203, approving the amendment to article 20 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and endorsing the Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action, appear at 35 I.L.M. 485 (1996).]

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* The present document is a preliminary version of the report of the Fourth World Conference on Women. Annexes I to IV will appear in an addendum to the present document. The complete report will be issued as a United Nations sales publication.

* To be issued as an addendum to the present document.

* Adopted at the 16th plenary meeting, on 15 September 1995; for the discussion, see chapter V.

* For the commonly understood meaning of the term “gender”, see annex IV to the present report.

* The Holy See expressed a general reservation on this section. The reservation is to be interpreted in terms of the statement made by the representative of the Holy See at the 4th meeting of the Main Committee, on 14 September 1995 (see chap, v of the present report, para. 11).

* As defined in para. 29 above.

1/ Report of the World Conference to Review and Appraise the Achivements Of the United Nations Decade for Women: Equality. Development and Peace- Nairobi. 15-26 July 19SS (united Nations publication. Sales No. B.85.IV.10), chap. I, sect. A.

2/ Report of the World Conference on Human Rights,Vienna, 14-25 June 1993 (A/CONP.157/24 (Part I)), chap. III.

3/ General Assembly resolution 34/180, annex.

4/ General Assembly resolution 45/164.

5/ General Assembly resolution 44/82.

6/ General Assembly resolution 48/126.

7/ A/47/308-E/1992/97, annex.

8/ General Assembly resolution 48/104.

9/ Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, Report of the, World conference Human Rights chap. III, para. 5.

10/ See The Results of the Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiating; The Legal Texts (Geneva, GATT secretariat, 1994).

11/ General Assembly resolution 44/25, annex.

12/ Final Report of the World Conference on Education for All: Meeting Basic Learning Needs. Jomtien. Thailand. S-9 March 1990. Inter-Agency Commission (UNDP, UNESCO, UNICEF, world Bank) for the world Conference on Education for All, New York, 1990, appendix 1.

13/ General Assembly revolution 2200 A (XXI), annex.

14/ Report of the International Conference on Population and Development. Cairo. 5-13 September 1994 (United Nations publication. Sales No. B.95.XIII. 18), chap. I, resolution 1, annex.

15/ Report of the World Summit for Social Development,Copenhagen, 6-12 March 1995 (A/CONF.166/9), chap. I, resolution l, annexes I and II.

16/ Unsafe abortion is defined as a procedure for terminating an unwanted pregnancy either by persons lacking the necessary skills or,in an environment lacking the minimal medical standards or both (based on World Health Organization, The Prevention and Management of Unsafe Abortion. Report of a Technical Working Group, Geneva, April 1992 (WHO/MSM/92.5)).

17/ Final Report of the International Conference on Nutrition. Roma. 5-11 December 1992 (Rome, Food and Agriculture Organization of the united Nations, 1993), Part II.

18/ Report of the united Nations Conference on Environment and Development. Rio de Janeiro. 3-14 June 1992. vol. I, Resolutions Adopted by the Conference (United Nations publication, Sales No. E.93.I.8 and corrigenda), resolution l, annex I.

19/ Ibid., resolution l, annex II.

20/ General Assembly resolution 317 (IV), annex.

21/ General Assembly resolution 217 A (III).

22/ General Assembly resolution 39/46, annex. 22/ Official Records of the General Assembly. Forty-seventh Session- Supplement No. 38 (A/47/38), chap. I.

24/ United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 75, No. 973, p. 287.

25/ Report of the World Conference Human Rights chap. III, sect. II, para. 38.

26/ See The United Nations Disarament yearbook vol. 5 1980 (United Nations publication. Sales No. E.81.IX.4), appendix VII.

27/ General Assembly resolution 260 A (III), annex.

28/ United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 189, No. 2545.

29/ Ibid., vol. 606, No. 8791.

30/ General Assembly resolution 48/96, annex.

31/ General Assembly resolution 1386 (XIV).

32/ See CEDAM/SP/1995/2.

33/ General Assembly resolution 2106 A (XX), annex.

34/ General Assembly resolution 41/128, annex. 35/ United Nations Environment Programme, Convention on Biological Diversity (Environmental Law and Institutions Programme Activity Centre), June 1992.

* [Reproduced from the UN Report of the Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing, 4-15 September 1995), UN Documents A/CONF. 177/20 of October 17, 1995 and A/CONF.177/20/Add.1 of October 27, 1995. At 35 I.L.M. 405 (1996), the following are reproduced: the complete Table of Contents; Chapter 1, Resolution 1, Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action; Chapter 5, Reservations and interpretative statements on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action; and Annex IV, Statement by the President of the Conference on the Commonly Understood Meaning of the Term “Gender”. Ellipses in the I.L.M. Content Summary and document text indicate sections of the Report that are not reproduced.

[UN General Assembly Resolutions 50/202 and 50/203, approving the amendment to article 20 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and endorsing the Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action, appear at 35 I.L.M. 485 (1996).]

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