UNITED NATIONS, March 15 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday welcomed the outcome of a two-week conference on women and the agreement reached on eliminating violence against women.
"The secretary-general welcomes the outcome of the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and the agreement reached on the prevention and elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls," Ban said in a statement issued here by his spokesman.
The CSW, set up in June 1946, is a functional commission of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It is the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women.
Every year, representatives of CSW members gather at the UN Headquarters in New York to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and women's empowerment worldwide.
"Violence against women is a heinous human rights violation, global menace, a public health threat and a moral outrage," Ban said in the statement.
"The secretary-general hopes that all the partners who came together at this historic session and others around the world will now translate this agreement into concrete action to prevent and end violence against women and girls," added the statement.
The UN system is fully committed to leading this global effort, Ban said.