68th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW68)

March 11–22, 2024

New York, New York, USA

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The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is an official Commission of the United Nations which focuses on the rights and empowerment of women and global gender equality. It’s an intergovernmental body consisting of 45 Member State governments of the UN. As the Secretariat of the CSW, UN Women (an official UN agency), supports all aspects of the Commission’s work.


The Population Council will host three events at its office in New York City on the sidelines of CSW68 focused on adolescent girls’ rights and wellbeing across multiple sectors and geographies.

Sessions & Speakers

  1. Tuesday 03/12

      Registration required | 9:00–10:30 am (Breakfast at 8:30 am) | One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 2nd Ave & E 47th St, 3rd Floor

      Power, Practice and Potential: Social Protection and Adolescent Girls

      Girls’ economic wellbeing is critical to their overall wellbeing and safe transitions to adulthood. Social protection can turn the tide for adolescent girls by allowing families to invest in their health and education. There is particular promise in integrated social protection, such as the combination of cash transfers linked to additional services or programming. Open to the public, this event will feature a presentation of a systematic review on the impact of social protection on adolescent girls, case studies on successful cash-plus programs, and a panel discussion between government representatives, bi-laterals, multi-laterals, and researchers. The event is co-hosted by the Population Council’s GIRL Center, UNICEF, and the Cash Transfer and IPV Research Collaborative.

      Click here to register

    • Wednesday 03/13

        Closed session | |

        Girls Deliver Workshop on Sidelines of CSW68

        The Girls Deliver Pre-Conference at Women Deliver 2023 generated tremendous energy and momentum for collaboration and progress for adolescent girls’ rights and wellbeing across sectors and geographies. Based on the takeaways from the pre-conference as well as ongoing conversations with Girls Deliver co-hosts, a closed workshop will be held on the sidelines of CSW68, when many of the same key partners and stakeholders from Girls Deliver will be convened in New York City, to align on a collective action-oriented agenda that will harness this momentum to drive progress for adolescent girls’ rights and wellbeing.

      • Thursday 03/14

          Closed session | |

          Advancing Effective Approaches to Empowering Adolescent Girls: From Evidence to Action – A Conversation Among Bilateral Representatives

          Donors, policymakers, and program implementers increasingly recognize that multi-dimensional approaches are the most powerful way to secure adolescent girls’ wellbeing. At the same time, siloed sectors and structures, including those of ministries and their budgets, pose operational challenges to investing in and implementing these effective approaches. The Population Council’s GIRL Center is convening a closed-door meeting of government representatives for the first in a series of discussions on how we can collectively overcome these silos to shift the paradigm and commit to concrete next steps to continue moving this forward.

        • Friday 03/15

            Hybrid | 9:00 am–1:00 pm | Danny Kaye Visitors Center, UNICEF Headquarters and online

            Driving accountability and leadership: Accelerating gender equality in and through education

            The Transforming Education Summit (TES), convened by the United Nations Secretary-General in 2022, launched the landmark Call to Action on Advancing Gender Equality and Girls’ and Women’s Empowerment in and through Education together with a Global Platform to drive leadership and accountability on gender equality in and through education. This event will foster the use by governments and education champions of the Platform’s Global Accountability Dashboard, facilitate knowledge exchange and cooperation on gender-transformative practices, share updates on advancements since the TES,  and expand partners’ interest in contributing to the Global Platform.

            Click here to register for the TES event

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