30th Anniversary of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, which was established by the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women to monitor the implementation of the Convention by States parties, held its first session in October 1982. This year the Committee is celebrating 30 years of dedicated work in assisting States parties in complying with their international treaty obligations under the Convention to protect and promote women's rights.

To mark this important occasion, the Committee will be holding a panel discussion on "Women's Political Participation and Leadership", during its 52nd session, on 9 July 2012, from 11:00 am to 13:00 pm in conference room 3 of the North Lawn Building at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The Committee invites the diplomatic community, United Nations staff members as well as those of the agencies, programmes and funds, non-governmental organizations and other interested individuals to join the celebration. Please fill out a Conference Registration Form  ( and send a scanned copy by 4 July 2012 to the following email address:

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