The UN's Commission on the Status of Women meets annually to evaluate
progress on gender equality, identify current challenges, set global
standards and formulate measures to promote gender equality worldwide.
Participation in the Commission is not only limited to states, so NGOs are allowed to attend the session. They can also join in caucuses and panels or organize their own parallel events through the NGO Committee on the Status of Women.
The Commission on the Status of Women has drafted several conventions and declarations since its foundation in 1946, including the Declaration on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women in 1967.