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Women's Environment and Development Organization records, 1980-2006 2013-2018, bulk 1994-1998

Series III: United Nations, 1972-2000, bulk 1994-1996

Series III: United Nations is divided into three subseries. The series focuses largely on WEDO's (and to a smaller extent, Women USA Fund and the Foreign Policy Council's) work with and at the United Nations in developing policy, WEDO attendance at major conferences sponsored by UN offices, and tracking subjects of interest regarding the UN including its reform and operation. In addition, there is extensive documentation on the United Nation's monumental World Women's Conference held in Beijing, China, attended by Abzug, Kelber, and several WEDO members, in 1994.

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Subseries III.1: Conferences, Campaigns and Organizations, 1979-2000, bulk 1994-1996

This subseries documents WEDO's work with various United Nations offices including the Children's Fund (UNICEF), the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), the Development Programme (UNDP), General Assembly Special Assemblies (UNGASS), and the Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) including conference materials, correspondence, reports, and memos generated by the UN, WEDO, and various NGOs. Of note are materials regarding the Earth Summit Agenda 21 held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, and its follow-up session, Rio +5, as well as follow-up to the International Conference on Population and Development (UNICPD) conference held in Cairo in 1994, and the Beijing Women's Conference (Beijing +5). Some materials and correspondence on the World Conference to Review and Appraise the Achievements of the United Nations Decade for Women, held in Nairobi, Kenya in 1985 are also included.

Box 21 Folder 8 General, 1989-2000

Box 21 Folder 9 Children's Fund Non-Government Organization Consultation, 1995

Box 21 Folder 10 Commission on Sustainable Development, 1995-2000

Box 22 Folder 1-2 Conference on Environment and Development, undated, 1992

Box 22 Folder 3 Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, 1979-1980, 1993-1997, 1979-1980, 1993-1997

Development Fund for Women

Box 22 Folder 4 General, 2000

Box 22 Folder 5 International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women Merger,, 1994

Box 22 Folder 5-6 Development Program, 1996-2000

General Assembly Special Session

Box 22 Folder 7 Rio +5, 1997

Box 23 Folder 1 Rio +5, 1997

Box 23 Folder 2-3 Beijing +5, 2000 June 5-9, 2000 June

Box 23 Folder 4 Global Policy Forum on United Nations Reform Conference, 1994, 1997, 1994, 1997

Box 23 Folder 5-6 International Conference on Population and Development and Implementing Policy After Cairo Forums,, 1994-1996

Box 23 Folder 7 International Conference on Population and Development, undated,, 1997-1999

Box 23 Folder 8 International Women's Day Forum, 1994

Non-Governmental Organizations

Box 23 Folder 9 Advisory Committee to the Fund for Population Activities, 1996

Box 23 Folder 10 Committee on Disarmament, 1996

Box 24 Folder 1 Task Force Group for a National Women's Organizing Body, 1996

Box 24 Folder 2 Research Institute for Social Development, 1997

Box 24 Folder 3 "United Nations and Civil Society,", 1995 October 12

Box 24 Folder 4 "We the People. . .: The Role of Civil Society in the History and Future of the United Nations" Conference,, 1995

Box 24 Folder 5 World Conference to Review and Appraise the Achievements of the United Nations Decade for Women,, 1985

Box 24 Folder 6 World in Need of Leadership: Tomorrow's United Nations, A Fresh Appraisal, Brian Urquhart and Erskine Childers,, 1996

Box 24 Folder 7 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), 1994

Subseries III.2: World Women's Conference--Beijing, China, 1989-2000, bulk 1994-1996

While Subseries III.1 contains some materials on the Beijing Conference and its follow-up, Beijing +5, Subseries III.2 holds the greater majority of correspondence, planning documents, memos, reports, and follow-up materials regarding the UN's 4th conference on women. This series contains items regarding preparation for the conference, WEDO committee work, Platform for Action formulation and proposed re-writes, addresses and statements, and WEDO's work after the conference in order to promote the implementation of the Platform for Action.

Box 24 Folder 8-10 General, 1995

Box 25 Folder 2 Addresses and Statements, 1995

Box 25 Folder 3-6 Before and After, 1995-2000

Box 25 Folder 7 Commission on the Status of Women Preparatory Committee, 1991-1994

Box 25 Folder 8 Credentialing, 1995-1996

Box 26 Folder 1 Davis, Susan--After Beijing Schedule, Invitations and Events, 1995

Box 26 Folder 2 Government Commitments and Accountability, 1995, 1999, 1995, 1999

Box 26 Folder 3 New York City Report Back Meeting, 1995 October 25

Non-Governmental Organization

Box 26 Folder 4 Forum on Women Reception (New York), 1995 March 13

Box 26 Folder 5 Forum on Women Site Plans, 1995

Box 26 Folder 6 Northwest Airlines Transportation Grant, 1994-1995

Box 26 Folder 7-8 Platform for Action, 1994-1995

Box 27 Folder 1-3 Platform for Action, 1994-1995

Box 27 Folder 4 Preliminary Report Version, 1995

Box 27 Folder 5 Preparations, 1995

Box 27 Folder 6 Stanley Foundation Conferences, 1989-1996

Box 27 Folder 7 United Nations Commitments Pledge, 1994-1995

Box 27 Folder 8 Zill, Anne--Correspondence, 1995

Subseries III.3: Subjects, 1972, 1994-2000

This subseries holds material on specific United Nations-related subjects such as reform and restructuring; the 1994 sexual harassment appeal of Catherine Claxton, a junior UN member who accused asst. Secretary General Luis Maria Gomez of harassment in 1991; UN relations with NGOs and the United States; UN women's history and data; staffing issues; and the election of a woman as Secretary General.

Box 28 Folder 1 History and Data on Women, undated, 1994-1996

Box 28 Folder 2 Peacekeeping and Gender


Box 28 Folder 3 Finances, 1994-1995

Box 28 Folder 4 Restructuring Background Material, undated, 1972, 1994-1996, 1972, 1994-1996

Box 28 Folder 5 Women and Peace, 1994-1995

Sexual Harassment

Box 28 Folder 6-7 Catherine Claxton Case, 1994

Box 29 Folder 1 Joint Appeals Board, Mrs. Catherine Claxton Appeal, 1994

United Nations

Box 29 Folder 2 Non-Governmental Organizations Relations, 1994-2000

Box 29 Folder 3 United States Relations, 1995-1996

Women and the United Nations

Box 29 Folder 4 Candidates for the Secretary-General, 1996 June

Box 29 Folder 5 Secretariat, 1994-1995

Box 29 Folder 6 Staffing Issues, 1990s