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Liz Ford  – Guardian – Thursday, 27 March 2014 (originally published 23 Mar)

Delegates at UN headquarters

Delegates meet at UN headquarters in New York for the 2014 Commission on the Status of Women. Image: Ryan Brown/UN Women

UN Member states have agreed that gender equality and women’s rights must be prioritized in future discussions on what should be included in the next set of sustainable development goals.

After two weeks of negotiations in New York, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) ended in the early hours of Saturday morning with an agreement that called for the acceleration of progress towards achieving the millennium development goals, and confirming the need for a stand-alone goal on gender equality and women’s empowerment in the set of international targets that will be introduced once they expire in 2015. The agreement also said gender equality must underpin all other goals.

Campaigners welcomed the strong language in the outcome document, which had been fiercely fought over by delegates in the final days of negotiations . . .

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