Some key landmarks in UN structure & action
The ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council) was established in 1945 as one of 6 main organs of the UN (the others are General Assembly, Security Council, Trusteeship Council, International Court of Justice and the Secretariat).
The CSW (Commission on the Status of Women) was established as a Commission of ECOSOC on 21 June, 1946.
The UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 10 December 1948 .
CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women) was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 18 December 1979.
In 1996 CSW’s role was expanded to include monitoring, reviewing and implementing the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and to mainstream a gender perspective in UN activities.