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Statement by Ambassador Wang Min at the General Debate of the 57th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women


Madam Chair,

The Chinese delegation associates itself with the statement by Fiji on behalf of the Group of 77 and China. We’d also like to express our appreciation and thanks to Under-Secretary-General Ms. Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women for her report, and to the Secretariat for their hard work for this Session. We wish this Session full success.

Women are a great force in the creation of human civilization. Promoting gender equality and safeguarding women’s rights and interests are in the fundamental interest of women and also relate closely to world peace and development. In recent years, thanks to the driving by the UN and the common effort of the international community, the women’s cause of the world has taken great strides. The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the spirit championed by the 23rd Special Session of the GA have become increasingly evident in the national plan and action of member states to varying degrees. Women of various countries have seen improvement of their living conditions, right to development and social status.

At the same time, it must be noted that the intertwining problems of financial crisis, regional turbulence, natural disasters, digital divide and inadequate public service have impeded the development of women and exacerbated the “feminization” of poverty. How to realize women’s development, protect their rights and interests and ensure gender equality have become issues that require urgent consideration and solution by the UN and the international community.

Madam Chair,

2015 will mark the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Women’s Conference as well as the deadline for the realization of the MDGs. While the attention of the international community is now focused on the preparation of the post 2015 international development agenda, the UN should take real actions on the issue of women in the run-up to 2015. In this connection, China wishes to make the following observations:

First, greater attention should be given to eradicating poverty of women and promoting women’s development. The MDGs contain specific goals on gender equality, women’s empowerment, and improvement of maternal health care to guide member states’ effort in this regard. However, women remain the poorest group of the world’s poor and each year there are still large numbers of death related to pregnancy and child-bearing. There is still a long way to go before these goals are realized. China believes that the women issue is ultimately the issue of development and can only be addressed through development. The post 2015 development agenda will not only chart the future path of global development, but also bear significantly on the rights, interests and wellbeing of all women. Therefore, the post 2015 development agenda should prioritize eradication of pov