Government Supporters


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Endorsements by Governments


Finland“Already 20 years ago in Beijing, sexual and reproductive health and rights were discussed. Progress has been uneven during the two decades since, so our work remains as important as ever. If people, in particular women and girls, cannot decide for themselves on their most private matters – sexuality, marriage, children – how could we expect them to be able to take broader responsibility for their communities and the environment. The Geneva NGO Forum is a great place to keep on raising our voice!”

Tarja Halonen, former President of the Republic of Finland


US-MissionColorSeal-Large“Our Beijing+20 report charts the tremendous progress the United States has made on advancing the rights and status of women and girls both domestically and internationally since 1995. None of that progress would be possible without the extraordinary efforts of the NGO and civil society communities. We look forward to continuing to work together to sustain progress on gender equality and achieving the objectives of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.”

Catherine Russell, U.S. Ambassador-at-large for Women’s Issues


mission-netherlands“Since 1995, the Beijing Declaration and its Platform for Action has functioned as a leading document to implement, improve and develop policies on women’s rights and gender equality in the Netherlands and worldwide. The Netherlands is looking forward to an open exchange on trends, achievements and remaining gaps and challenges in the implementation with other parties at the UNECE Beijing+20 Regional Review Meeting in Geneva. We consider the review process of the Beijing Platform for Action a key component towards strengthening gender equality and women’s rights. The Netherlands as well acknowledges the major significance of the regional review to prepare the global review and the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59).

The involvement of civil society in implementation of the BPFA has been highly appreciated by the Netherlands. We are convinced that the participation of civil society, in particular non-governmental organizations and women’s organizations, is an indispensable element to realize effective implementation of the BPFA. The Netherlands therefore welcomes the contribution of the Geneva NGO Forum to the review process.”                                                                                                                                                                                

Roderick van Schreven, Ambassador & Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Geneva


Norway logo - FD-UN-engelsk-2CE00“The perspectives, documentation and recommendations of civil society are vital in our joint global efforts to advance women’s rights and empowerment. Despite notable progress in many respects since 1995, several challenges remain, including on the issue of protecting and promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights. With valuable expertise in key areas, the participants in the Geneva NGO Forum have a crucial role to play in contributing to the Beijing+20 Regional Review process.”

Steffen Kongstad, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Norway in Geneva

Canada“Civil society is an important actor and partner in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. As such, civil society’s perspective and input are immensely valuable for this review process and will contribute to ensuring a comprehensive discussion of the progress made as well as gaps and challenges that remain as we work towards achieving equality and protection of human rights of all women and girls. We thank the NGO Committee on the Status of Women in Geneva for organizing this initiative and wish the Forum every success!”

Catherine Godin, Deputy Permanent Representative of Canada in Geneva

PMGVA_en_lg“A lot has been achieved over the two decades within the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. This is, to a large extent, thanks to the field work and tireless efforts of non-governmental sector. But we all recognize that even more remains to be done on our way to the full and effective implementation of the internationally recognized goals related to gender equality, women’s rights and empowerment. The Geneva NGO Forum gives us a great opportunity to listen to our valuable NGO partners and assess together how to move forward to get closer to our common goals.”

Kateřina Sequensová, Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic in Geneva


“For the past twenty years since the Beijing World Conference on Women, nongovernmental organizations, in particular women’s organizations have been highly influential in shaping the global policy framework on gender equality and women’s empowerment. Back in 1995 their active participation in the Conference – and earlier in the preparatory processes at the national and at the regional level here at the UNECE – was crucial for the breakthrough that was achieved in establishing international standards for women’s rights and gender equality. Beijing has also changed the way how the empowerment of women is dealt with at the United Nations ever since, including in the Commission on the Status of Women. As we set out to review the implementation of the Platform for Action nearly 20 years after its adoption, we need that same engagement by civil society – and women’s organizations in particular – again to take the outcomes of Beijing into the next decade.”

Ambassador Dr. Joachim Ruecker, German Permanent Mission in Geneva


Logo Israel“The Beijing+20 Regional Review Meeting is crucial in the struggle to support and improve Gender equality and women empowerment. NGOs and civil society actors are naturally active participants in this dynamic global process. They have both the ability and the tools to contribute effectively to discussions on evaluating achievements, gaps and challenges in this field. This is why the Geneva NGO Forum plays a decisive role in supporting Gender Equality and women’s empowerment and placing it at the center of the global agenda.”

Eviatar Manor, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Israel in Geneva


UK-logo“Beijing+20 allows us to celebrate what we have achieved, which is considerable and we should be proud of that. At the same time we should ever be conscious that there is more to do. So Beijing+20 is above all an opportunity to renew our global commitment to improve the lives of women and girls everywhere, and to remind ourselves how powerful we are when we work together.”

Karen Pierce, UK Permanent Representative