Regional review and appraisal of implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcome of the XXIII sepcial session of the General Assembly (2000) in Latin America and Caribbean countries.
In these 20 years of changes, the countries have advanced at different paces in each of the 12 critical areas of concern set out in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Twenty years after the Fourth World Conference on Women, progress has been multifaceted but generally lacking on balance. From the perspective of the global challenges, progress towards gender equality has not kept pace with the environmental, economic and social changes that have occurred, which have weakened the global outlook, adding new and important challenges to the Beijing agenda to build fairer and more egalitarian societies.
This report also indicates the main advances of the past 20 years based on the information provided by the region’s countries on implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, in response to the recommendations made in the final document of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly (2000) for the regional and global reviews that would take place in 2015, on the twentieth anniversary of the Beijing Conference (Beijing+20). The subregional report on the Caribbean (ECLAC, 2014c) has also been taken into account, which includes data from the country gender assessments prepared by the Caribbean Development Bank, the country poverty assessments and information provided by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).