Plenary, general view at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China: UN Photo/Zheng Yan Hui
Plenary, general view at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China: UN Photo/Zheng Yan Hui

The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action was adopted unanimously at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women (4-15 September 1995) held in Beijing, China, by representatives from 189 countries.

The Platform reflected the international commitment to achieving the goals of equality, development and peace for women throughout the world. It also strengthened the commitments made during the United Nations Decade for Women, 1976-1985, which culminated in the Nairobi Conference, as well as related commitments undertaken during the cycle of United Nations world conferences held in the 1990s.

The Ad hoc Inter-agency Meeting on women focussed on promoting the effective participation of the United Nations system as whole in the preparatory process for the Fourth World conference on Women at the national, regional and international levels.

In addition, informal inter-agency consultations were convened by the Secretary-General of the Conference at frequent intervals to promote coordination of activities, share information and provide advice and inputs to the Conference secretariat.

At the request of the Conference secretariat many United Nations agencies and organizations, in addition to commenting on drafts of the Platform for Action, contributed extensively to the preparation of the documentation for the conference, including "Women in a Changing Economy: 1994 World Survey on the Role of Women in Development", the second review and appraisal of the implementation of the Nairobi Forward-looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women.

Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (September 1995)

The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action is an agenda for women's empowerment emanating from the Fourth World Conference on Women, September 1995, Beijing, China. It aimed at accelerating the implementation of the Nairobi Forward-looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women and at removing all the obstacles to women's active participation in all spheres of public and private life through a full and equal share in economic, social, cultural and political decision-making.