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In April 2005, the Commission on Human Rights, in resolution 2005/80, decided to appoint, for a period of three years, a special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism. Like other Special Procedures, this mandate was assumed by the Human Rights Council (General Assembly resolution 60/251), and extended for one year, subject to the review to be undertaken by the Council (Human Rights Council decision 2006/102).

The Covention on the Elimination of all forms of Discriminations Against Women adopted in 1969 by the United Nations General Assembly is described as an international bill of rights for women. The Covention establishes an agenda of action for putting an end to sex-based discrimination.

Adoptée par le Conseil de sécurité à sa 4213e séance, le 31 octobre 2000. Rappelant ses résolutions 1261 (1999) du 25 août 1999, 1265 (1999) du 17 septembre 1999, 1296 (2000) du 19 avril 2000 et 1314 (2000) du 11 août 2000.

The adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 in 2000 was watershed in the evolution of international women's rights and peace and security issues.

The United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women

Convened in 1995 in Beijing, following the previous ones that took place in Mexico City in 1975, Copenhagen in 1980 and Nairobi in 1985, the Conference coalesced preparations by delegates into the formulation of a Platform for Action that sought to draw a strategic blueprint to achieve greater equality and opportunity for women.

The resolution "Promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms through a better understanding of traditional values of humankind in conformity with international human rights law" was adopted by a vote of 26 in favour, 15 against and six abstentions.
The Human Rights Council concluded its 12th session by naming the first Independent Expert on cultural rights, Farida Shaheed, Director of Research at Shirkat Gah - Women's Resource Centre & longstanding council member of Women Living Under Muslim Laws.
Mme Michèle André, (soc., Puy-de-Dôme), présidente de la Délégation aux droits des femmes, est intervenue auprès du Gouvernement français pour le mettre en garde contre les conséquences négatives que pourrait entraîner pour les droits des femmes le vote.
Quatre agences et bureaux des Nations Unies seront fusionnés pour créer une nouvelle agence unique au sein de l'Organisation pour promouvoir les droits et le bien être des femmes et pour travailler à l'égalité entre les hommes et les femmes.
18 juin 2009: Le Conseil des droits de l'homme a procédé ce matin à la nomination de deux Rapporteurs spéciaux et de trois membres de Groupes de travail.
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