1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action

4th World Con­fer­ence on Women
15 Sept 1995

Analysis of precedential value

The UN Gen­eral Assem­bly adopted this res­o­lu­tion with­out a gen­eral vote in Sep­tem­ber 1995. The Gen­eral Assem­bly is the pre­em­i­nent gov­ern­ing body of the UN sys­tem and con­sists of all 193 UN Mem­ber States. “By means of a res­o­lu­tion adopted with­out a vote,” the UN press team reported, “the Assem­bly also called upon mem­bers of the inter­na­tional com­mu­nity to take action for the effec­tive imple­men­ta­tion of the Bei­jing agree­ments.”

Used as precedent

key population and community leadership

Ensure the involve­ment of women, espe­cially those infected with HIV/AIDS or other sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted dis­eases or affected by the HIV/AIDS pan­demic, in all deci­sion-mak­ing relat­ing to the devel­op­ment, imple­men­ta­tion, mon­i­tor­ing and eval­u­a­tion of poli­cies and pro­grammes on HIV/AIDS and other sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted dis­eases.

societal enablers

Encour­age all sec­tors of soci­ety, includ­ing the pub­lic sec­tor, as well as inter­na­tional orga­ni­za­tions, to develop com­pas­sion­ate and sup­port­ive, non-dis­crim­i­na­tory HIV/AIDS-related poli­cies and prac­tices that pro­tect the rights of infected indi­vid­u­als.

universal health coverage

Ensure the pro­vi­sion, through the pri­mary health-care sys­tem, of uni­ver­sal access of cou­ples and indi­vid­u­als to appro­pri­ate and afford­able pre­ven­tive ser­vices with respect to sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted dis­eases, includ­ing HIV/ AIDS, and expand the pro­vi­sion of coun­selling and vol­un­tary and con­fi­den­tial diag­nos­tic and treat­ment ser­vices for women; ensure that high-qual­ity con­doms as well as drugs for the treat­ment of sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted dis­eases are, where pos­si­ble, sup­plied and dis­trib­uted to health ser­vices.